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When the media is focusing on

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When the media is focusing on one-"ness" such as an army of 1, or all the individual games kids play, video and computer, that are out there for our children who spend tons of time on it is good to focus on collaboration as a skill.

This article discusses how we need to incorporate this into our teaching skill set. If we are teaching to all exceptional learners we should go and have group time/problem solving in all of our classes. By doing this we do teach the ability of collaboration.

Coming from the "outside world" much of my time as an administrator was taken up in collaboration of a problem and what responses would help in the different problems being faced by the department and what could be done to help the situation. Some of the best bosses I had would let you speak and listened to what was said. It is a skill that everyone needs in the work force.

What about learning styles?

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In my experience over recent years, as group work has gotten increasingly more popular and "in demand" in the classroom (from an educator's perspective), it has become clear to me that students who are not group learners, need to be considered. They need to know that their learning styles are respected and given thought when planning daily activities. I'm not saying group work shouldn't be done any less, but that students should have an occasional opportunity to build their own dynamic in their groups. Set up loose guidelines as far as number of people, goals of the assignment, and roles of group members, then let them decide. This is a good way to determine which students need more collaboration experience as well as which ones learn and produce at a higher level while working independently. I agree that everyone needs to know how to collaborate and work in groups to succeed in the workforce, but I believe giving individuals the opportunity to get the most out of their education is just as important.

Coming from the teacher and

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Coming from the teacher and student point of view I must say collaboration in the classroom is a necessity, but you must be careful. Teachers must be sure that the students working together feel as though they are in a safe and secure environment. People are more likely to share with the peers they are most comfortable with. Collaboration can work best later in the school year, this way everyone has a chance to get acquainted and feel comfortable sharing. Be sure, as a teacher, to pay attention to the relationships between your students. Everyone must be able to get along and feel open to one another. It is our human nature to want to connect and talk with others; as teacher's let us make sure it is done the right way.

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Collaboration is an important

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Collaboration is an important part of the classroom. America is one of the most individualistic societies. However, every part of life calls for working well with others, from childhood through adulthood. This skill needs to be taught to our students. Life is not all about the "me" in society. Students must learn listening, paraphrasing, effective questioning, and negotiation skills to excel at home, in the workplace, at school, and elsewhere.
Collaboration causes students to be more actively involved in learning, when students are engaged with their group-mates and fulfilling their part of the whole. Because of the social aspect, students can often be more motivated to learn concepts deeper and demonstrate their knowledge.

Collaboration inside of the classroom

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It is very important for there to be collaboration in a classroom. For a student to start working in groups and finding their own roles within their groups gives them more preparation and building skills for whats to come after school. There is a lot of good information throughout this article, I have not yet started teaching inside of a classroom but I will take these ideas with me as I start my journey through my teaching career.

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I completely agree with the

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I completely agree with the importance of collaborative learning. This will teach students how to work in a group setting, listen effectively, and learn how to ask engaging questions. They will also learn how to respectfully debate an issue with classmates. In this day and age it is highly important to teach students how to respectfully disagree with one another on any issue.

I think that having an

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I think that having an Collaborative Classroom is a great way to have students learn. Working in a group helps students step outside there norm and allows the student to do something they might not do normally.

Collaboration is one of the

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Collaboration is one of the things that students seem to have problems with. In today's society it is becoming easier and easier to have conversations through media and not face to face. Getting students to work together in groups, face to face is hard. Different learning styles and personalities will clash. You'll end up with those who will always speak up and comment and those who will just follow the crowd. Teaching the students right from the start how to work together is a great idea. Allowing them to make up the ground rules and determine what is acceptable gives them a sense of control over what they are suppose to do. Many students will need to do several rounds of the exercises to remember them. This article gives you many great ideas to help you get your students to work together.

I thought that this was a

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I thought that this was a great article for getting students to work better in groups. I am currently taking a group dynamics class and found that a lot of the recommendations here were the same things that we have been learning and doing in our class to work in groups.
I had never heard the "three then me" rule before, though. I really like this idea because it gives everyone a chance to talk and keeps students from being too overbearing in their groups.

I love the "Three then Me"

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I love the "Three then Me" rule. I have been in classrooms where the same student is always talking, whether it's their turn or they are talking over others. This rule is easy to remember (it rhymes) and even kindergarten students can count to three.

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