Mode of Instruction: Teamwork/Teacher-led           Purpose: Task Completion

Objective: To implement tasks that promote reasoning and problem solving, students move throughout the problem set to ensure multiple opportunities for learning conceptually. Teacher monitors through circulation and questioning.

To help teams navigate through a problem set, the GPS strategy is a visual road map of the tasks. Students know the final destination to achieve the goals for the lesson. One member of the team reports the progress on a one-quadrant grid displayed in the room, where the team travels along one axis and the problem numbers travel the other axis. Teachers adjust instruction throughout the lesson monitoring where each team is located. Teachers may send Ambassadors from teams that are further along in the lesson to deepen understanding, or they may utilize a Swapmeet with teams that are similarly located on the grid. If all teams land at one-point on the grid—unable to continue—the teacher may conduct a Huddle to progress teams past that point.

  • A one-quadrant grid is displayed for the class—on whiteboard, reusable laminated grid, paper or electronic.

  • Teams are informed of the goals of the lesson included within each problem.

  • One team member checks off progress on the grid as each problem is completed.

  • Teacher makes instructional decisions about STTS used to support teams and/or closure.

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