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Collaborative Learning

Working together to solve problems and complete projects deepens students' learning and builds collaborative skills. Learn how to design activities to help develop these skills.

  • Teenage girl remote learning at home on laptop

    Roles That Encourage Equitable Collaborative Learning

    A look at how to distribute the roles—both academic and managerial—that make up group work to boost engagement and learning.
    Zachary Herrmann
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  • Elementary-aged girl writing in notebook during virtual learning at home

    Cultivating Joy in Writing in the Elementary Grades

    An online writing group—which could be adapted for in person learning—builds confidence in students’ ability to express their ideas.
    814
  • Teenage girl smiling during remote learning class on laptop at home

    A Better Breakout Room Experience for Students

    Five strategies that help middle and high school students form a community of learners in the virtual classroom.
    5.8k
  • Teen boy laying on floor at home remote learning with laptop

    7 Tips for Breakout Room Success

    Having students meet briefly in small groups can help build community and foster deeper learning.
    3.3k
  • Elementary aged boy on laptop distance learning at home

    6 Ways to Jam on Jamboard: Using the Digital Whiteboard in a Hybrid Classroom

    The popular Google app facilitates meaningful collaboration for both remote and in-class students.
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  • Young girl playing make believe with a newspaper hat and looking through paper roll.

    The Building Blocks of Dramatic Play

    More than costumes or props, young kids need time and space to work out the basics of how to collaborate—and their bickering is a key tool in that process.
    3k
  • Two teenagers are sitting at a table with a laptop, one is holding a cell phone charger and the other is holding a cell phone, connecting it to a white wire.

    22 Powerful Closure Activities

    Quick activities that can be used to check for understanding or emphasize key information at the end of a lesson.
    51.5k
  • High school students work together on project in classroom

    Discover, Discuss, Demonstrate: Using Inquiry-Based Learning to Keep Students Engaged

    The 3 Ds learning model is designed to facilitate deeper learning and increase student motivation.
    1.7k
  • Physics teacher works with a small group of students

    How to Support Vocabulary Building in Science Classes

    With carefully crafted statements that incorporate vocabulary and prompt discussion, students learn scientific terms and concepts more readily.
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  • Teenage boy working on his laptop at home

    Using ‘Hexagonal Thinking’ to Deepen Classroom Conversations

    A novel activity using little more than geometric shapes can help students examine complex problems and connect big ideas.
    3.5k
  • Middle school aged girl at computer distance learning

    Adapting an Effective Math Collaboration Activity for Distance Learning

    An instructional coach and math teacher who developed a powerful model for student collaboration have tweaked it for the pandemic.
    2.8k
  • 60-Second Strategy: Respond, Reflect, and Review

    60-Second Strategy: Respond, Reflect, and Review

    This simple activity helps students practice giving and receiving peer feedback—and gets them out of their desks.
    9.3k
  • How to Keep Kids Collaborating Remotely

    How to Keep Kids Collaborating Remotely

    Collaborative learning doesn't have to fall by the wayside when you're teaching online. These tech tools and strategies will get students working together in no time.
    2.4k
  • 60 Second-Strategy: Cooperative Learning Roles

    60-Second Strategy: Cooperative Learning Roles

    Giving students randomly assigned roles in their group work helps ensure that they all participate.
    12.2k
  • A young girl is sitting in class, looking straight ahead with a playing card in her hand and a green sheet of paper on her desk. Other students in the classroom are sitting with green sheets of paper and playing cards about.

    Golden Rules for Engaging Students in Learning Activities

    Six factors to consider in designing lessons to help increase student engagement behaviorally, emotionally, and cognitively.
    24.5k

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