Three Tips for Developing a Collaborative Classroom

The skills necessary for successful teamwork are not innate. They are learned behaviors. The students who enter our classrooms on a daily basis need direct instruction related to the skills of collaboration, and that instruction must be well planned. Some may be struggling to design collaborative activities for the classroom. The good news is there … Continue reading Three Tips for Developing a Collaborative Classroom

Seven Strategies to Improve Group Work

Collaborative work in the classroom can have powerful and positive effects on student learning. In order to create the best possible outcome for students, teachers have to develop and employ learning strategies that help students engage with the content and with each other. In the article Inventories, Confessionals, and Contracts: Strategies for Effective Group Work, … Continue reading Seven Strategies to Improve Group Work

Evidence of Deeper Learning In Classroom

Often times in our classrooms we provide visible examples of successful student work, so that current students have greater clarity regarding the assigned task. Those visible models are tangible for students and have a powerful positive impact on their own products. Teachers who are planning for collaboration also need to see exemplars of collaboration in … Continue reading Evidence of Deeper Learning In Classroom

Unleash the Power of Cooperative Learning

If you’re a fan of television sitcoms, you might recall the show “Home Improvement.” The lead character, Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor, had a penchant seeking out bigger, faster, and stronger tools. His catchphrase was, “More power!” Most of his attempts to upgrade his tools were successful . . . at least a short period … Continue reading Unleash the Power of Cooperative Learning