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Group Work and Collaborative Learning

It is extremely valuable for students to work together. They learn about social protocol, different learning styles, collaborative strategies and some students even become friends during the process. Groups can be used to create, revise, review or present material. Be open to switching from an individual assignment or assessment to a collaborative approach.
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Group Work and Collaborative Learning
  • Melissa Mirabello says:
    Here are some great icebreakers for improving group dynamics. Once students engage in icebreakers, they become more familiar and comfortable with one another. This familiarity enhances the learning experience.
  • Melissa Mirabello says:
    This is an excellent resource for creating effective group activities. From group size and timing to facilitation and monitoring, all your questions about how to use groups to enhance instruction are answered.
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    Melissa Mirabello says:
    Problem-solving activities are excellent for promoting group cohesion and collaboration. Remember the show Lost? Did you ever watch Family Feud? What about The Walking Dead? Individual learning and assessments are important; however, students need to experience the power of group interactions.
  • Melissa Mirabello says:
    Why should students work together? This article details the theory behind collaboration, but also gives strategies for creating and implementing group activities. I like the case study, in particular, for promoting group work.
  • Melissa Mirabello says:
    This model promotes a 1,3,6 protocol and capitalizes on reaching each kid where he/she is at. I like the idea because it gives students the opportunity to work alone and then with multiple partners to learn, create or review material.
  • Melissa Mirabello says:
    How do you inspire free thinking in your classroom? Students must feel safe in order to share their innermost concerns or to take risks. This teacher considers himself to be a lead learner because he models an environment in which the kids feel safe enough to talk about what is on their minds. His goal is to have the kids change his way of thinking by fostering a collaborative exchange of ideas.
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BloomBoard Asks:What is the value of group work or collaboration in the classroom?
MALZEANER FRAZIERMiddle School Non-DepartmentalMay 11, 2017
What is the value of group work or collaboration in the classroom? Actively involving students in learning is the key. Each member has opportunities to contribute in small groups. Students are most likely to take more ownership of their material and to think critically about related issues when they work as a team. As an example of this statement my students worked in groups to do an authentic task to help the community. Each student got involved regardless of their level of ability. Students created a spreadsheet to include a real world situation. Hurricane Matthew had just recently impacted our area and a lot of families in our county lost their homes due to flooding and were moved into shelters. When we returned to school, students proposed the idea of turning our spreadsheet lesson into a real world situation.  We knew that the holiday season was fast approaching, so we decided to make a spreadsheet to include a list of items needed to prepare a Thanksgiving dinner. Students were assigned to groups and researched several grocery store websites, to determine the cost needed to prepare a Thanksgiving feast.  Afterwards, students were required to make a spreadsheet in Google Sheets or Microsoft Office Excel, which included the item, quantity, cost, tax and total cost of each food. Students were not satisfied with just researching they wanted to help the flood victims.  Each group member brought in a food item from their list to share with the families who were affected by the flood. The 8th grade students heard about our project and wanted to help so they brought in food also.  We packed boxes of can goods, can meats, cakes, pies and other goodies from the list that made a delicious Thanksgiving feast.  Those boxes were sent to the the areas of the flooded victims. Several students quoted “ WOW, we learned how to use a Spreadsheet that related to a real serious life situation.  This made sense”.