The Team Collaboration Checklist is intended to serve as a useful reminder of the important aspects of team dynamics. It is not a rubric for grading purposes, but rather a reminder for student and adult teams about the key conditions for good collaboration. Teams might regularly refer to the collaboration checklist throughout a project, revisit it in moments when their progress is stuck, or us it to reflect on successes and challenges.
We intend these to be two separate docs that serve different purposes. While the Collaboration rubric would feature regularly in project design, facilitation, and assessment, the checklist is more of a supplemental tool to be used as needed to boost team performance. Given the differences between individual and group behaviors, it is best to think of these two resources as complimenting each other rather than being aligned to one another.
Middle School Note: The indicators in the collaboration rubric are intended to be broadly applicable and student- friendly. While there are similar, sometimes identical, indicators for middle school and high school, the assumption is as students progress projects become more complex and scaffolding is progressively removed. Twelfth graders ought to be engaged in collaboration about far more complex issues with far less scaffolding than 6th graders, though the language used to describe that might be similar.