to work collaboratively and effectively) and then test for clarity Review the ‘outcome’ or results expected by the end of norm setting (e.g. Every high-performance team has an important trait in their arsenal and that is transparency. From our work with student involvement in community service, we know that there is no stronger motivating force in young adults than a genuine need to be needed. Practice: Connecting Classroom Norms to Schoolwide Norms. To make sure these are useful for more than one purpose, I'm going to break this into two separate discussions, done at different times. Think of team norms as guidelines for civil discussion to ensure that multiple points of view are offered and discussed, not just by the most dominant people in the right. I need to establish safety, work responsibilities, discussion norms. Opportunities for the meaningful inclusion of students, particularly those students with disabilities, in active, collaborative work with adults, is nothing short of magical. a list of agreed to meeting guidelines). Norms that are explicit and visible to the entire group can provide a framework for addressing behavior that might be distracting from the goals of the group. Norms are a “social contract” that supports a group’s collaborative work. For example, students will be working in lab groups. The Harvard Business Review defines it this way: “Group norms are a set of agreements about how [team] members will work with each other and how the group will work overall. Establishing work flow norms is very different from training people about how to use the tools. This is also how teams establish a tradition of policing each other—kindly and respectfully—when a team member fails to honor the team's group norms. Research suggests that collaborative learning is influenced by the quality of interactions. It is about how we do the work together effectively and efficiently. I can describe how schoolwide norms come alive through classroom norms. Sample Team Norms or Guidelines These are sample team norms or group relationship guidelines that real life, working teams have selected for their own use. Set the purpose for the discussion about norms. Team Norms : In PLCs norms represent protocols and commitments developed by each team to guide members in working together. Learning Target. Establish flexible group norms. Norms help team members clarify expectations regarding how they will work together to achieve t heir shared goals. If your organization has not spent the time to map out work flow norms related to the tools, it can result in a lot of stress, misunderstanding, and a big loss of productivity. 8. What are Norms? What It Is . Review the ‘purpose’ for setting norms (e.g. Such team norms demand that the work should be done by the team as a whole, but every person should work according to their expertise and not force each other to do the work even if they are not experienced in this. In previous posts, we have described ways to establish norms for collaborative work with groups of teachers and how you might revise these norms over time.In this From the Community post, Becca Lewis describes how a group of math coaches revised the Norms for Professional Collaboration to fit their work together as teacher educators. Individual teams can also establish their own norms — e.g., to use or not use Slack, Google Docs, or Whatsapp groups. Every school has a code of conduct--a list of disciplinary guidelines, norms, positive character traits or even a “list of words to live by”--that live in the handbook or on posters. 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