I love to begin the school year with activities that allow students to work together. I want to establish two important expectations for my classroom:
1. Group Work: Students will be expected to work in collaborative groups, respecting each other and considering other view points
2. Problem Solving: Students will be expected to solve problems and create solutions without following a set of procedures
This is not an easy task, especially with younger students or students not having as much experience with a collaborative classroom environment. I feel that it is essential to establish the culture of the classroom from the very beginning. This includes fun! Students should enjoy learning, and I want them to strive to learn more each day.
So how do I attempt to built this environment in a fun way? Activities which require students to think, work together, and problem solve for solutions.
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