Any teacher who has put his or her students into small groups knows that successful collaborative work is more than numbering kids off by three’s or four’s – orchestrating effective collaboration takes deliberate planning and preparation. You might be familiar with some common strategies like “turn and talk” or “pair-share,” which can give students the chance to speak and begin processing their ideas.
As we know, speaking and listening standards also populate Common Core. Building productive communication into classroom routines will not only address many of the standards, but also help prepare learners to transfer those skills to increasingly complex tasks. After all, shifting to Common Core also means shifting that cognitive load to our learners so they can construct their own learning.
This week we have three short videos for you, each designed to offer a strategy you can use immediately to bolster your repertoire of collaborative design. And don't forget that you can find more in-depth examinations of peer-to-peer learning for every grade in our video library – just filter for “collaboration.”