Students learn with and from one another.
Collaborative learning provides students an opportunity to work together to complete specific tasks. Sometimes these tasks are developed by the teacher, and other times these tasks are initiated by students. Regardless, collaborative learning tasks offer students an opportunity to work together to solve problems, discover information, and complete projects. The best collaborative learning tasks allow students to apply what they have learned in focus lessons and guided instruction. Less effective collaborative learning tasks are those that are disconnected from the course of study or topic.
Productive Group Work
- Interactions (Students are consolidating understanding using argumentation)
- Accountable talk (Goal is resolving problems, reaching consensus, or identifying solutions)
- Academic language practice and development (Individual accountability)
- Visible Thinking
|Critical and Creative Thinking Strategies
|Checking for Understanding Strategies