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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?
58 Comments

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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Setting up think times for students can set them up for success because it allows them to truly think about what they are going to say and even research some quality information about the topic being discussed. Teaching listening and talking norms are important so that everyone is getting the chance to speak as well as listen. When you do not have these norms then the discussion will be all over the place and can get out of hand. Assigning roles in collaboration are important so that each and every student is involved and participating.

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Giving time for students to gather thoughts before having to talk to indivduals is something i believe is very affective because it allows for them to be able to think about what they want to say and how they want to approach you and allowing time for this can help build self confidence for all indivduals so that they feel comfortable about what they are talking about.  

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I believe I do this a bit, but I learned from this video that thinking of it as a concept dedicated to encourage student self-exploration and self-reflection, rather than an opportunity for them to answer my questions, totally alters my view of teaching this way. Allowing students to teach themselves, with guidance, and to find their own answers, should be the goal of many lessons, especially in the humanities.

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Encouraging student collaboration is critical at an early age. It is so important to teach students how to collaborate with each other in a positive way. Student roles also help to facilitate student learning and encourage students to work together in different ways to reach a common goal. The importance of allowing students "Think time" is a critical component that is often missing from teacher lessons. Students need that time to process what is being asked and how to solve the problem. Adults need think time to develop solutions so we need to allow students that time as well.

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Transcripts

  • - - 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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