Collaborative Learning: Preparing for the Future
Lesson Objective: Prepare for college and the workforce with collaborative learning
All Grades / All Subjects / Collaboration

Thought starters

  1. How does collaborative learning prepare students for the work force?
  2. What is Mr. Van Dyck's role as the "lead learner?
  3. " Why does he take this approach?
  4. Why is it essential for students to share views before Mr. Van Dyck shares his beliefs?
This is great! I remind my students constantly of the importance of meaningful collaboration, and how it relates to the real world. Though I wonder, is it overkill to start each lesson with a connection to 'why' students are learning this?
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I applaud the attitude of not looking for the "right" teacher answer. He is looking for something new in them. He is facilitating the discussion so the students have to think without him. His students have the freedom to be themselves and talk without ridicule. His zeal and passion are going to have an enduring imprint on their thinking.
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Facilitation takes preparation. Think through your questions and questioning strategies.
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Collaboration is what is done in the real world. Sometimes it takes several great minds working together to accomplish something great.
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Communication, collaboration, and cooperation within diverse groups is an invaluable life skill.
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  • [Music]

    [Background talking 0:12]

    Interviewer: Collaborative learning really is preparing these kids for the jobs they’re gonna have in the future.


    [Background talking 0:12]

    Interviewer: Collaborative learning really is preparing these kids for the jobs they’re gonna have in the future. You go out into industry; you see that people aren’t living in a cubicle anymore. If they are, there’s four other people in that cubicle with them. They’re working in collaborative environments, and it gets back to that sense of belonging. I try to use strategies that implant me as not the teacher but the lead learner. My job is to model for the kids what learning looks like. Rather than asking questions to get a desired response, I ask a question that the response may change the way I think.

    Interviewee: I call people stupid all the time. They don’t get offended. It’s just a word, like stupid, stupid. Stupid.

    Interviewer: Instead of myself interjecting my own personal beliefs, I first let their opposing peers present their opposing view.

    Interviewee: It’s not like she’s doing anything else. She’s just leaving mean comments about this girl, one specific girl that she doesn’t like. I don’t think it’s that bad.

    Interviewee: The girl that they’re making fun of, she can find out, and she can get really sad, and it can cause a suicide because nobody likes being bullied, plus it’s against the law for bullying.

    Interviewer: These kids brought some very important topics to the table, and they discussed them quite frankly and honestly, and I think that’s a result of the kids feel safe in this environment.


    [End of Video 1:38]

School Details

Buchser Middle School
1111 Bellomy Street
Santa Clara CA 95050
Population: 1007

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Brian Van Dyck



All Grades / All Subjects / Tch Tools

Lesson Idea

Grades 9-12, All Subjects, Class Culture

Lesson Idea

Grades 9-12, ELA, Class Culture

Teaching Practice

All Grades / All Students / Class Culture