Differentiating in the Cooperative Classroom

I recently had the pleasure of revisiting my music teaching days by discussing music composition with a student. We discussed what makes a composition good, and I reflected on two elements: unity and variety. Within a quality musical composition, both will be present. As I thought about the need for unity and variety in a … Continue reading Differentiating in the Cooperative Classroom

The Jigsaw in the Classroom

If you’re having difficulty getting started with collaborative learning in the classroom, you might consider using the Jigsaw technique developed by Elliot Aronson. He and his students have developed and refined the technique since 1971. The technique relies on creating small groups and making individuals an “expert” within the group. Aronson and his students provide … Continue reading The Jigsaw in the Classroom

What Type of Sandpaper Do I Use?

If you have ever had to buy sandpaper, you might have found yourself overwhelmed by the many types available. You may not have known that the particles on sandpaper come in a variety of sizes and in a variety of material types. You may not have known that each size and material type is used … Continue reading What Type of Sandpaper Do I Use?

Baby Stepping to Better Collaboration

One of my all time favorite movies is “What About Bob?” In the movie, Bob Wiley is dealing with a number of personal and relational problems that often accompany life. Bob seeks the help of a psychiatrist, Dr. Leo Marvin, who gives him a book titled Baby Steps: A Guide to Living Life One Step … Continue reading Baby Stepping to Better Collaboration