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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. 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. English seminars are set up around large, oval Harkness tables, where students can all face each other. 2. In math classes at College Prep, teachers have a clever way of shifting the emphasis away from right or wrong answers. 3. Related:  Collaborative / Cooperative Learninganncoll

How Collaborative Learning Leads to Student Success A culture that emphasizes collective wisdom and collaborative work has helped students at The College Preparatory School (above) in Oakland, California, achieve academic success. It's a foggy, grey morning in Oakland, California, but that hasn't deterred Betsy Thomas, a math teacher at The College Preparatory School (College Prep), from taking her students outside for a geometry lesson. Today, her students will become land surveyors, using rope and chalk to draw geometric shapes on the courtyard's blacktop. A team of three boys begins constructing an equilateral triangle, after which they will construct two parallel lines and a triangle circumscribed by a circle. College Prep is an elite, coed, nonprofit private high school, tucked into a scenic glen in the foothills of Oakland, California. It's obvious that the school possesses opportunities and resources beyond the dreams of the majority of America's schools. The Sights and Sounds of Peer-to-Peer, Student-Led Learning

Collaborative Learning Homepage 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”. 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”. What are some ways to include best practices for collaborative learning in our classroom? 1. Effective collaborative learning involves establishment of group goals, as well as individual accountability. 2. 3. 4. Successful interpersonal communication must exist in teams. 5. 6.

My 7 Favorite Tech Tools for My Class So many of my Tweeps have been sharing some of their favorite tech tools that they use in their classroom so I figure I might as well too! In no particular order here are my favorite tools to use with my students and a few I plan to use this year that I'm really excited about! Ever since I found out about in July of 2012 I have been obsessed. I have absolutely loved being able to send text reminders to parents about field trips, tests, upcoming activities, all kinds of things! And it helps that Remind101 has one of the nicest teams of people out there that I've met! has been an excellent resource in my classroom. Even though I upload all my videos to several different places for my students, my students have clearly chosen as their favorite place to access videos. I absolutely love Sophia and like Remind101 they have an incredible team of people behind the name! is a tool that I have used for the past 3 or 4 years.

Research Supports Collaborative Learning Collaborative math and discussion-based English help to promote deeper learning, critical thinking, and community at The College Preparatory School in Oakland, California. The College Preparatory School (College Prep) in Oakland, California, is among the top 20 best prep schools in the country according to a 2010 Forbes magazine report. Over the past ten years, 100 percent of students have graduated and matriculated into college, and their average SAT scores have consistently ranked in the top tenth percentile for Math, Critical Reading, and Writing. In addition, more than one-third of students have taken Advanced Placement exams, with at least 95 percent receiving a score of three or higher. While resources at this elite independent school clearly offer advantages, the innovative and effective collaborative learning techniques used in all English and math classes also support students in reaching top national levels. This article discusses the following practices at College Prep: . . .

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.

BFL i undervisning – en metodöversikt | Utbildning BFL i undervisning – en metodöversikt Innehåll:En metodöversikt1 Tydliggöra mål och kriterier för framgång >>2 Skapa aktiviteter som synliggör lärandet >>3 Återkoppling som för lärandet framåt >>4 Aktivera eleverna som lärresurser för varandra >>5 Aktivera eleven som ägare av sin egen lärprocess >> Bedömning för lärande i undervisning Skolforskaren Dylan Wiliam som tagit fram de fem bedömning-för-lärande-strategierna har också presenterat praktiska tekniker som kan användas för att arbeta med strategierna i undervisning. Många av teknikerna fungerar genom att ge eleverna möjlighet till reflektion och genom att aktivera dem. I dokumentären Klassrumsexperimentet (1/2) (59) Klassrumsexperimentet (2/2) (58:39), får vi följa Dylan Wiliam när han under en termin arbetar med att implementera några av teknikerna på en skola i England. Vill du själv bidra till denna sammanställning kan du skriva här på vår Facebooksida. Tillbaka upp 1) Tydliggöra mål och kriterier för framgång Tillbaka upp

Things I Will Not Be Missing In My Paperless Classroom. As I head into the new school year, I'm not scrambling for my old lesson plan book or looking for notes in some long buried folder. All of my work is saved in Evernote and I will be sharing the work with my students on the second day of school. As I was sitting and thinking about all of the things I was going to need to start the year, I was struck by the number of things I will not need now that I'm as paperless as I can get. 1. I will not miss these guys at all. All of my student work will be on or saved in their Evernote notebook that can be shared with me and acts as an e-portfolio. 2. I mentioned these guys above and they make the milk crate problem even worse. Again, having students use their Evernote accounts to save all of their work, I do not need them to keep binders to store assignments. I have wasted countless hours waiting in line for the copier, fixing the jams others have left and trying to figure out how to replace the toner in the new copier. 4. 5.

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. 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. Betsy: And then if they're having no resolution, like a problem was too hard for everybody that's the signal that says that we need to talk about a problem or two as a class. Yeah, but there's this-- Yes. No.

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. Arguably, the term "community" has become an ambiguous buzzword. For most learning professionals today, the question isn't if building communities will deliver value to the organization, but rather what kind of community is needed and what the steps are in building it.