Seven Steps for Building Collaboration

Collaborative classroom work doesn’t just happen. It must be carefully planned and implemented. In the article Planning for Great Group Work, author Willona Sloan details seven steps for collaborative student work: Build a culture of collaboration: Begin on day one with low-stakes tasks, so that students have the opportunity to practice the skills they will … Continue reading Seven Steps for Building Collaboration

Four Steps for Intentional Collaboration

While classrooms are often filled with student chatter, that chatter is not productive in nature. Teachers must be intentional in their planning for student collaboration. In the article Maximizing Those A-Ha Moments with Intentional Collaboration by Nataki Gregory, four steps for intentional collaboration are identified: Set the purpose – Talk about why it is important … Continue reading Four Steps for Intentional Collaboration

Say YES to Better Teaching

If you’re reading this, it is very likely that you are questioning some things related to your teaching practices. You might be asking some of the following: Can my teaching really improve? Will it be worth the time and effort I invest? Will my students benefit from my improvement? The answer to each of these … Continue reading Say YES to Better Teaching