(They’re difficult, but so worth it. Persevere and you will see the results.)
Are your teams still not working in quite the way you want them to? Here are a few important points to keep in mind.
• This is normal! Many very successful teachers report that their teams are not functioning smoothly until two or three months into the school year.
• The hard work involved in teambuilding is worth it and pays many benefits, including:
Social support for learning math
Success for more students
Opportunities to see and discuss multiple approaches
More meaningful learning by discussing and explaining
Better mastery of basic skills
Greater mathematical exploration and creativity
• Research shows that collaborative problem solving in the math classroom leads to:
Greater use of higher-level reasoning
Greater intrinsic motivation
More positive heterogeneous relationships
Higher self esteem
More on-task behavior
Better attitudes toward teachers and school
Greater social support
More positive psychological adjustment
Greater collaborative skills
Know that while this way of teaching can be challenging, it will bring many rewards. So keep up the good work!