We do all the work of building a strong class culture so that students can take more and more ownership in the classroom. When things are running smoothly, students are able to collaborate and take charge of their learning.
We’ve explored how students can be involved in creating norms for the classroom, but how do we more fully encourage collaboration and teamwork? Let’s look at some ideas!
If we want students to be able to work together, the first step is helping them get along with each other. In order to build positive relationships, encourage students to appreciate each other. Watch how David Olio does this in his high school English classroom.
Students don’t need to agree with each other, but they do need to learn to respectfully disagree. Teach students to express their opinions and listen to each other with respect using this quick strategy from Sherwanda Chism.
In order to truly learn how to get along with each other and think independently, students often need us to step back. We can do this more readily when we’ve established a strong class culture in our classroom. Watch one example of stepping back here.
Looking for more?
Watch these videos to see student collaboration in action:
- Building Class Culture with Social Skills Goals
- Working as a Team
- Critical Friends: Collaborating as Writers
- Desk Arrangement: Four Corners
- See our full collection of videos on student collaboration here
Collaborate with colleagues and talk about it with students. Check out our great resource library on teacher collaboration for inspiration.
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