Collaborative Learning Tips
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.