While I have found 30 page papers on how to write learning goals, I think a simple, student-friendly version is best. Check out this brief "how-to" that will help your students define their goals and outcomes for a task. Consider making the task broad and allowing students to really hone in on what they want to achieve from the task. Double down and have them analyze their own grades before doing this so they can pick goals that will help their overall growth!
This article highlights the connection between collaboration and Common Core. The ideas listed at the bottom may seem for the younger audience, but consider giving some of these tasks to students as a warm-up and have them debrief the process. What skills did they need, etc? Link these to Common Core standards in your assignment and celebrate your students' progress on them at the end!
This is a great "how-to" on time management. The common problems section could be powerful for students to look at and relate to as well. The last few pages hit at the differences in college and high school; this could be great place for some college-readiness discussions.
What comes easiest to you? What feels risky? These are great questions for your students to consider before they begin collaborating. I would suggest using this protocol with students and see what they discover about themselves and others! Perhaps they can be sure that one "risky" zone task is included in their objectives!
This test is a great way to get students thinking about their strengths and potential challenges. I like to have students keep their personality colors a secret and have other group members try to guess what they are. Students also love guessing the teacher's color. Ask your site administrator to take it and have students see if they can guess theirs as well. Consider putting all the colors together in groups to discuss what they might excel at in the group task.