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Don't discount the task

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I would add that far too often, the task being assigned is not big enough that it couldn't be done by one person. As a result, the smartest/most motivated/biggest perfectionist in the group will do most of the important work and the others will go along, especially when the group gets a single grade.

Choosing meaningful tasks that truly require collective effort to achieve is, I believe, the starting point. After that, the points made by the author are critical to support individual students in the process.

English teacher, Mississippi

I have many students who are

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I have many students who are highly resistant to collaboration. They view it as an act of abandonment by the teacher, a refusal to "do my job." They do not trust that they can learn anything meaningful through exploration or working with classmates. How have you and other teachers helped overcome this resistance.

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