This week make a conscious effort to see that everyone records their work. Sometimes teachers and/or students get the impression that by assigning the role of a Recorder/Reporter, there is only one person in each team who is responsible for recording the work that is done with the problems in the lesson. This is NOT the intention of the role. The Recorder/Reporter’s job is to make sure that everyone in his or her team records his or her own work.
Why is it so important for all of the students to record their work? There is research out there that supports the importance of recording your work. There is more about the writing process and brain function that shows the brain works one way when students explain their thinking aloud and another way when students explain their thinking on paper (using math symbols and words). Students form deeper understanding when they are able to explain their thinking both orally and on paper. If students work without speaking with their teammates or do not record their own work on their own paper, they are missing the full process of learning the mathematics deeply. Find a way this week to increase the expectations you have for what students record on their papers.
Note: There are some instances when we want the whole team to work from and complete one paper, but this is not generally the case.
Note: When you want team ideas, solutions, and work shared with the whole class, you can call on the Recorder/Reporter to share or summarize the work of the team.