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Five Tips for Building Strong Collaborative Learning

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.

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Cooperative and Collaborative Learning: Explanation What are cooperative and collaborative learning? Collaborative learning is a method of teaching and learning in which students team together to explore a significant question or create a meaningful project. A group of students discussing a lecture or students from different schools working together over the Internet on a shared assignment are both examples of collaborative learning. Cooperative learning, which will be the primary focus of this workshop, is a specific kind of collaborative learning. In cooperative learning, students work together in small groups on a structured activity. 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).

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).

The TED-ed Flip Tool in the Foreign Language Classroom There are a lot of mixed opinions out there about flipping classes and the new TED-ed flip tool. However, since this is not a blog about flipping, but a blog about technology use in the foreign language classroom, I am going to show you how great, handy and simple to use this tool is. The TED-ed flip tool in the non-flipping foreign language classroom The TED-ed flip tool allows you to take any YouTube video and create a short lesson with it. How? By allowing you to include a questionnaire and add further resources to complement it. Cooperative Learning Strategies Global rating average: 0.0 out of 50.00.00.00.00.0 Read articles that define and explain how to use cooperative learning strategies in the classroom. Includes cooperative learning lesson plans for a variety of subjects and grade levels. There are links to eThemes Resources Teaching Tips: Cooperative Learning for High School, Teaching Tips: Cooperative Problem Solving Tasks, and Teaching Tips: Team Building Activities for Elementary Students.

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.

Changing Gears 2012: rejecting the "flip" (1) ending required sameness (3) re-thinking rigor (4) its not about 1:1 (5) start to dream again (6) learning to be a society (again) (7) re-thinking what "literature" means (8) maths are creative, maths are not arithmetic (9) changing rooms (10) undoing academic time (11) social networks beyond Zuckerbergism (12) knowing less about students, seeing more (13) why we fight Maybe I'm highly sensitive to this. I grew up in a 420 square foot home with two parents and four kids. This was not a place for the calm production of homework.

The Best Sites For Cooperative Learning Ideas NOTE: You might also be interested in My Best Posts On The Basics Of Small Groups In The Classroom You might also find my Education Week Teacher post, Response: Do’s and Don’ts for Better Project-Based Learning, useful. I’m now working on my third book, which is focused on instructional and classroom management strategies geared towards developing student autonomy and personal responsibility (as opposed to student obedience or student rebellion). Eye On Education is planning on publishing it in early 2011 — assuming I meet my deadlines I’ll be writing a post soon inviting reader contributions to the book, too.

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. Learning with Technology: Flipped Teaching Guest post by Steve Salik, Ph.D. Over the past three years or so, screencasting and lecture capture technology have become a hot topic in education. While the technology itself isn’t new, the discussion about how these technologies can improve teaching and learning has taken on a new urgency. The phenomenal success and growth of the Khan Academy has been the primary catalyst for this discussion and demonstrated how progress in education is so often trapped by process.

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