Do Now Task
From Edutopia blogger Dr. Lori Desautels:
As students enter the classroom, give them a baggie of three items and a number. The numbers pair the students. As the partners move to their area, they have seven minutes to design an invention with these three items.
On another day, students will be given a challenging social/emotional problem to solve together. This problem will be relevant to their ages and cultures. After seven minutes, they will need to share a joint solution with the class.
Not only will students begin to think about how they approach their thinking, they'll also get an opportunity to intentionally collaborate. You'll see how your students will benefit greatly from shared strategies and options.