Series: Tch Tips

Three Ways to Encourage Student Collaboration
Lesson Objective: Help students learn from each other
All Grades / All Subjects / Collaboration

Thought starters

  1. How does taking think time set students up for successful collaboration?
  2. How could you explicitly teach listening skills and talking norms?
  3. How does assigning roles facilitate successful collaboration?

Ideas from this video will be useful to me in my classroom due to the fact that my students have difficulty with the English language.  They can engage in partner talk to strengthen their vocabulary and learn to work together as a team.  

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This video provides great examples of collaboration.  It shares three ways in which students can demonstrate collaboration.  They are collaboration using think time, partner talk in which each partner discusses, and assign a role where students take part in a role and are responsible for it.  Each of these help build student collaboration.  It was a great video that helped build self confidence for any students who do not feel comfortable enough to talk to each other.  

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 This video taught me how important it is for teachers to give their students time to think independently before they get partnered up. I liked how the video mentioned different ways to keep the students engaged and focused on the topic of discussion. 

My question would be how do new teachers know how to partnered up their students?

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I choose this video on student collaboration because I feel it is essential that our students learn to effectively communicate with one another. Using the three strategies in the video, students learn how to collaborate with one another using simple structures that build student confidence and success. These simple steps, Think Time, Rug Partners, and Assigning Roles allow students of all ages to collaborate, learn from one another, and enjoy working together.

Three Ways to Encourage Student Collaboration

Three Ways to Encourage Student Collaboration

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Great suggestions!  This  reaffirms some of what I have been doing in our "Teamwork Tuesdays."  Anxious to add the individual think time.  Thank you!


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  • - - This is going to be your think time alone, off you go. Individual think time gives each child

    - - This is going to be your think time alone, off you go. Individual think time gives each child time to think and reason before someone speaks to them. Turn and talk about it with somebody at your table, and see where you are. - So one of the strategies I use in my classroom is rug partners, and it's structured with rules of listening skills, and talking norms. The reason I do that is just to get the juices flowing - Keep the conversation going. - I would say, pair your chattys with your quiets and your ELLs with your english-only students so that they are able to really help each other and build on each other's strengths. - So when you came in today you each got a sticker, okay, those are your job stickers for today for our investigation - So in trying to create a good collaborative role in the classroom, I definitely think at first the teachers have to assign jobs to the students, but then eventually move to where that is a student choice. - I think one of the most important things is to know your student's personalities and which students are going to be dominant, which ones are going to kinda sit back and listen. - I also, think that teachers have to be willing to change those groups, the groups can't remain the same every time and all the time. - Remember, don't forget the measurement.

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