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Laura Candler's Cooperative Learning Resources. What children can do together today, they can do alone tomorrow. ~ Lev Vygotsky, 1962 Cooperative learning is a powerful teaching strategy that's more than just a passing fad. Research has shown that when implemented properly, students in cooperative learning classrooms outperform their peers in traditional classrooms. The key is knowing how to implement the strategies to foster interaction while making sure all students are held accountable. Helpful Cooperative Learning Pages Featured Cooperative Learning Freebies Featured Cooperative Learning Resources Cooperative Learning Printables and Other Resources Dr.

The activity sheets and printables below are helpful if you already know how to use Cooperative Learning strategies. Five Tips for Building Strong Collaborative Learning. Teachers share successful tactics for helping kids learn from each other with examples from math and English classes. Students at The College Preparatory School often collaborate in groups, as in this math class where students work together to solve a set of geometry problems in the classroom (above), and then work in the same groups on a related project outside (right). Credit: Zachary Fink At The College Preparatory School (College Prep) in Oakland, California, student collaboration happens on a daily basis. From group-centered math assignments, to student-led discussions in English class, College Prep's culture enables students to both teach and learn from each other, strengthening skills that will deepen their learning. Here are some of the strategies educators there use to help promote collaboration and empower student-centered learning in their classrooms: 1.

Many classrooms at College Prep are arranged specifically to enable the flow of ideas across a shared workspace. 2. 3. 4. 5. Collaborative Learning Homepage. Collaborative Learning. CL1 - More Information: What is Collaborative Learning? In the collaborative learning environment, the learners are challenged both socially and emotionally as they listen to different perspectives, and are required to articulate and defend their ideas. In so doing, the learners begin to create their own unique conceptual frameworks and not rely solely on an expert's or a text's framework. Thus, in a collaborative learning setting, learners have the opportunity to converse with peers, present and defend ideas, exchange diverse beliefs, question other conceptual frameworks, and be actively engaged.

Collaborative learning processes can be incorporated into a typical 50-minute class in a variety of ways. Some require a thorough preparation, such as a long-term project, while others require less preparation, such as posing a question during lecture and asking students to discuss their ideas with their neighbors (see concept tests). Cooper, J., and Robinson, P. (1998).

Gerlach, J. MacGregor, J. (1990). Smith, B. Collaborative Learning. According to Webster's Dictionary, a community is "any group living in the same area or having interests, work, etc. in common. " While communities have existed since the beginning of humankind, the growing interest around the concept today is largely a result of the breakdown of the geographic assumption underlying this simple definition. Most communities - whether online or off - share a number of qualities and characteristics: they are held together by distinct operating norms; members are distinguished by their formal and informal roles; trust must be built to ensure quality interactions; and a shared sense of purpose serves as the glue that bonds the community together. Communities focused on learning, in our opinion, are only "communities" if they possess these characteristics and engage people in a learning process over time. Arguably, the term "community" has become an ambiguous buzzword.

Collaborative Learning Builds Deeper Understanding. Steve Chabon: Here at the College Preparatory School in Oakland, California, collaborative learning is one of the most important ways our students learn and grow. Harrison: In math we work in groups every day, asking each other questions before we ask the teacher. Maya: In English, we lead our own round table discussions to deepen our understanding of the books we read.

David Markus: College Prep is one of the top private high schools in the country and a terrific model for collaborative learning. The good news, their practices are both replicable and affordable. Take a look at what they do for their students. Monique DeVane: College Prep School is a fifty-two year old school. The collaborative teaching and learning that we do here is really distinctive. Betsy Thomas: We have forty-five minute classes and the math classes meet every day. Boy: I got the square root of B squared plus A squared. Yep. Boy: That's these two lines and then we do the slope formula from zero to there. Yes. No. Right.

Starting a New School Year: Nine Tips for Collaboration. Late August or early September is a make-it-or-break-it time for educators. The non-stop, brutal schedule that is a school year starts with all the finesse of trampling elephants, and doesn’t relent for the next nine months (not coincidentally, the same amount of time it takes to gestate a baby). That makes starting the year right important -- and there are few more critical pieces to an educator's success than collaboration. Collaborating In the Classroom 1) Call Home Yes, having a blog is great, and you're ahead of the curve if you use Edmodo, Facebook, Schoology or any other of a number of platforms built to help educators and families connect. 2) Use Team-Building Activities Team-building activities are excellent ways to get the year started right by connecting with students. 3) Know the Names This can be huge challenge for some teachers (don't ask me how I know), but do whatever it takes to learn the names of your students.

Collaborating In Your Building and District Your Global PLN. Deeper Learning: A Collaborative Classroom Is Key. What's ideal when it comes to collaboration in our classrooms? Here's one coveted scenario: several children gathered at a table engaged in a high-level task, discussing, possibly debating an issue, making shared decisions, and designing a product that demonstrates all this deeper learning.

As teachers, we'd love to see this right out the gate, but this sort of sophisticated teamwork takes scaffolding. It won't just happen by placing students together with a piece of provocative text or an engaging task. (Heck, this deeper learning collaboration is challenging for most adults!) In preparing our students for college and careers, 21st century skills call on us to develop highly collaborative citizens -- it's one of the 4 Cs, after all. So how do we begin this scaffolded journey? Once we've shared with students the task or assessment they are challenged to complete with their group, here's some suggested steps for supporting students in deep and meaningful collaboration: Model What We Expect. 12 Ways to Connect, Create, and Collaborate Using Google Hangouts. Going Global-Tips And Tricks For Global Collaborations. I had a wonderful conversation recently on Twitter with a teacher from New Zealand that commented on a tweet about using Skype Classroom to go global.

She mentioned how her students were going to Skype and talk to kids in Iowa. How awesome is that! I just love the fact that the world gets so much smaller when we use technology like that. There really are endless learning opportunities for students (and teachers as well). During the North African uprisings a high school teacher here in my district was struggling to get her students to understand the whys of those events.

I took to Twitter and through some connections was put in touch with a teacher in southern Egypt. We knew it was important to connect the students to their content. You know it's important too. First, what tools will you need? That's a tough one to answer. You will also want a Skype account. So, with the software and hardware out of the way we can focus in on where to find people and projects. Hashtags-Yep, Twitter. Global Collaboration Projects for Your Classroom - Global Learning. Are you ready to integrate technology into your classroom for the first time, just not sure where to begin?

Or are you already using technology with your students, and you're ready to go deeper? Either way, the recommendation from Honor Moorman, Associate Director, Professional Development and Curriciulum, Asia Society, is the same. Use technology to engage students in a global collaboration project. by Honor Moorman As thought leaders like Chris Lehmann and Will Richardson often remind us, we need to do more than simply use technology to do what we've always done digitally. We need to integrate technology in ways that engage students in new and meaningful opportunities for learning, collaborating, and creating. I can think of no better way to enrich students' learning with technology than by using it to facilitate a global collaboration.

Global collaboration projects bring students together from different countries to work on a joint project. Still not sure? Resources and Downloads for Collaborative Learning. Educators from The College Preparatory School in Oakland, California, have provided these resources and tools for collaborative learning. Students work collaboratively in many ways to reinforce learning at The College Preparatory School (right), such as working together outside (above) on geometry concepts they learned the previous day in the classroom.

Credit: Zachary Fink Tips for downloading: PDF files can be viewed on a wide variety of platforms -- both as a browser plug-in or a stand-alone application -- with Adobe's free Acrobat Reader program. Collaborative Learning Resources At The College Preparatory School (College Prep) in Oakland, California, student collaboration happens on a daily basis, from group-centered math assignments, to student-led discussions in English. English English classes at College Prep are conducted around a large, oval table called a Harkness Table. Student Teaching Days Math Back to Top Additional Resources and Videos from College Prep. The case for collaborative learning. Michael Moran , 16 Jun 2014 The way we design and structure training courses is in a state of flux as we move into the e-learning era and L&D professionals add “social” to the blend.

Today a training course is likely to be a sophisticated, self-managed online programme and when we add a social element we enable a collaborative learning platform. Learning is most effective when students are encouraged to think and talk together, to discuss ideas, question, analyse and solve problems, without the mediation of a teacher. So ‘collaborative learning’ is an umbrella phrase covering a range of approaches involving input from students and tutor. The model works really well where the learning can be integrated into working life because students value the input and recognise the importance of the issues and topics covered.

Collaborative learning offers a system whereby students, at various performance levels, work together towards a common goal. Teamwork It’s better to be social. Credits - Project Me Project Based Learning Unit. 20 Collaborative Learning Tips And Strategies For Teachers. 20 Collaborative Learning Tips And Strategies For Teachers by Miriam Clifford This post has been updated from a 2011 post. There is an age old adage that says “two heads are better than one”. Consider collaboration in recent history: Watson and Crick or Page and Brin (Founders of Google). But did you know it was a collaborative Computer Club about basic programming at a middle school that brought together two minds that would change the future of computing? Yes, those two were of course Bill Gates and Paul Allen, the founders of Microsoft.

Collaborative learning teams are said to attain higher level thinking and preserve information for longer times than students working individually. Groups tend to learn through “discussion, clarification of ideas, and evaluation of other’s ideas.” Collaborative learning teams are said to attain higher level thinking and preserve information for longer times than students working individually. Many consider Vygotsky the father of “social learning”. 1. 2.