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Areas of Impact


Age Group

Middle school


5-10 minutes 


Daily or weekly


Print Materials

Collaboration Rubric

academic strategies, Self Awareness & Growth Mindset, Collaboration & Community Skills

Being a good team member takes practice. Using a rubric and setting goals helps students understand how to get better at that!


This rubric specifies strategies and habits to develop students’ collaboration and groupwork skills.


Teachers can use this rubric as a complement to the Group Collaboration Role Cards. The Role Cards explicate what group members should be doing, while the rubric helps students develop the strategies and skills to improve in their role. This rubric can also be used when doing work in pairs. It is a great tool to have students self-assess or peer assess and then later get teacher feedback.


Before using this rubric, remember that it is only helpful if students understand it! Reviewing it and how it ties into upcoming teamwork will shape students’ experience and help them be mindful of the skills they are working on. Sometimes it is also helpful to highlight a specific area or skill that a group or class needs to focus on. During group work, students are often motivated when their actions are highlighted with positive narration, either individually or as a group. Afterwards, self and peer self-assessment support self-awareness and growth mindset, while teacher assessment supports students’ understanding of how they are working towards the expectations in the class. Of course, peer feedback can only come in a trusting group and classroom environment where honest praise and constructive feedback are accepted.

Related Content:

Group Collaboration Role Cards

Program for Complex Instruction at Stanford University

Complex Instruction Mathematics