We use group roles so that each student has a sense of responsibility and an important part to contribute. These roles help students learn how to work in a mathematically minded collaborative group work setting. We looked at a few examples of group roles and modified them to make them fit with our goals of having each role truly be equal (none with a higher status than another). We also introduce the roles to our students one at a time so that all of the roles are seen as equally important.
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Tip: We like to print the roles on bright cardstock paper (This one from Amazon works well) and laminate them so they last the entire year.
In the video below we share a few tips on how we roll out group roles in the beginning of the year. We should also mention that these roles can be great for reducing status issues in a group. For example, if I want a quieter student to be more vocal and ask questions then I select the role of the skeptic for them.