Collaborative Learning



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Collaborative Learning

Collaborative learning is a successful teaching strategy in which small teams, each with students of different levels of ability, use a variety of learning activities to improve their understanding of a subject. Each member of a team is responsible not only for learning what is taught but also for helping teammates learn, thus creating an atmosphere of achievement. Students work through the assignment until all group members successfully understand and complete it.

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For a quick overview of class activities head to this page:
»http://edtech.kennesaw.edu/intech/cooperativelearning.htm#activities

New to collaborative learning? Here's your tool box!
»This page answers some frequently asked questions... http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/concept2class/coopcollab/index.html
»Here are some starting ideas and considerations for incorporation of collaborative learning: http://www.wcer.wisc.edu/archive/cl1/cl/doingcl/DCL1.asp

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Here are some ideas of class activities that require cooperative learning. We used the activities page above to help come up with some of our ideas. Feel free to add your own so others can learn from your ideas.

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Jigsaw... have students break into groups to study the constitutional amendments and teach others in the classroom. Now you have a group of experts on the subject!

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team-pair-solo: students start by solving a problem in a group of 4. Then they break into pairs to solve a similar yet new problem. Finally each student solves another similar problem on their own. This models how to do the problem for struggling students. When students learn from each other they gain confidence and a new perspective.

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Here is a link to a PE webquest that features collaborative learning:
http://questgarden.com/author/preview.php?u=40884&l=40884-061107190608&pt=student&p=introduction

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