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Elementary School: Supporting the Learning Community

Clip 9/15: Day 14: Building group norms through math “games”


Sharing and Working Cooperatively: After the first few weeks of school, Mia’s students are able to work as a group on a silent task putting cards in order, communicating nonverbally. She reminds them of the “silent star” norm; when the star is on the board, no one in the room can speak, even the teacher. She invites students to place their cards in the pocket chart in reverse numerical order.


Mia presents this task as a “game.” How does that affect students’ engagement?

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