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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

The TED-ed Flip Tool in the Foreign Language Classroom | Foreign language begins with T 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? As with any technology tool, it is up to the teacher to make the best out of it and to use it in such a way that it enhances the students’ learning. Below is a TED-ed flipped lesson I just created in approximately 10 minutes, as I already knew which video to use. Now, I know I said I would not talk about actually flipping here, but this is just biting me and I won’t take too long saying it. Anyway, back to TED-ed in the non-flipping foreign language classroom. TED-ed flip tool tutorial TED-ed flip tool tips, tricks and things to keep in mind

Lesson Plan: 10 Ways to Teach About Geography Lalo de Almeida for The New York TimesPopulation growth in the Brazilian jungle is visible in places like Parauapebas. On the outskirts, slums stretch to the horizon and houses continue to go up. Go to related article » Geography frequently takes a back seat to history in the social studies classroom, but teaching geographic literacy is essential if students are going to understanding the challenges and opportunities of our complex world. We have created 10 activities for teaching about geography using Times content, all related to the National Geography Standards, which were produced by the Geography Education National Implementation Project. Our list is a grab-bag of ideas — from designing maps to analyzing border conflicts — and teachers can use the activities in any order, or as a road map for tracking ongoing coverage of geography-related issues.1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Common Core ELA Standards, 6-12 Reading 1. Writing 1. Speaking and Listening 1.

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: . . .

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. Now, yes, I had two university educated parents, smart, dedicated parents who did whatever they could, but both worked or went to school or both, and if my older siblings were struggling to help the "dumb little brother" with his homework, obviously, they weren't doing their own. Anyway, this is not to be confused with an Oprah-style faux memoir, that's not the point. So in changing gears for this new year, step two is "rejecting the flipped classroom."

How I Deconstructed The Common Core When the Common Core draft was first released in 2009, I was intrigued by the idea of internationally benchmarked standards and proceeded to study them deeply. I wanted to understand how they were constructed, and better still, I wanted to prepare myself to support teachers’ in knowing how to teach them. I read them intensely, made connections to Best Practices in education and began to take them apart. I realized that the way we think about how to look at standards would have to change. On this journey, I began by enlisting texts by Marzano, Kaplan, Renzulli and others. I reflected on the entire experience for months and emerged with the decision to help teachers deconstruct the standards–break them down into their constituent parts so that teachers could build them back up in the minds of their students. Example, Deconstructed Here’s an example of a partially deconstructed standard. RI.8.3 Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas or events.

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.