Cooperative Team Jobs Sheet
When working in a cooperative group, all
students are responsible for staying on task and
contributing equally to the project at hand. To facilitate
group work, each student is expected to:
1. Use buddy or table voices when working
2. Take turns sharing.
3. Listen to each
other (eyes on speaker, nod, ask questions, paraphrase).
4. Encourage each other.
5. Help each other.
6. Talk about problems. If, after
everyone has given input, the problem is not resolved,
then raise your hands and ask the teacher.
7. Be responsible (contribute to your
group but don't do all the work yourself). Everyone
To facilitate students in being
responsible team members the following jobs were created.
Students themselves decide who in the group will
- This person is in charge of seeing to it that the group
is organized, gets started on projects quickly and
everyone knows what to do.
- This person keeps track of time to keep the group
working smoothly. This person also sees to it that the
group has everything it needs. The monitor is the only
person who can pull the captain aside and remind her/him
that s/he is not doing her/his job if the captain is off
- This person sees to it that the group has all the
information it needs. This person sees to it that notes
are taken or that information is copied from a website
and saved. This person has the added responsibility to
make sure that the team's work is original and not
- This person is in charge of reporting the group's
accomplishments. When the group presents a final product,
the reporter is in charge of seeing that it gets done on
time and well.
None of the aforementioned jobs excuses
any team member from not working at any time. In a group of
three, everyone will take turns reporting.
To further help students get
through complicated reading, four additional jobs are used.
Director - This person designs
and discusses questions about the reading.
- Passage Master
- This person notes important
passages with the team. If every passage seems important,
then this person will share the main idea or topic of
each passage with the team. This person will help
summarize the reading.
- This person makes connections between the reading and
real life (student's real life or anything the connector
Wizard - This person defines
or discusses interesting or confusing words.
In a group of three, everyone will take
turns being the Word Wizard.