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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.

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PBL Pilot: Navigating Group Work

Fifth grade teachers use their PBL pilot program to teach the leadership and collaboration skills that future employers are likely to expect of their students.

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Using Old Tech (Not Edtech) to Teach Thinking Skills

Butcher paper and Post-it notes can help students understand the collaborative thinking that takes place on a shared Google Doc.

Shared Mindfulness: Building Supportive Relationships in the Classroom

By pairing students to sit back to back and focus on their breathing, you can help them develop a sense of mutuality and social awareness.

Not Just Group Work -- Productive Group Work!

To ensure productive group work, teachers must communicate expectations, strategically build groups, structure activities, scaffold work with a supportive classroom culture, and stress individual accountability.

Nurturing Collaboration: 5 Strategies

Joshua Block describes five strategies that can help facilitate and nurture successful student collaboration.

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Collaboration: How to Transfer Skills Outside of the Classroom?

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What Does a 21st Century Classroom Look Like: Collaboration

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21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons

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21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons

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6 Strategies for Promoting Student Autonomy

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Group Contract

Download a group contract template that defines student group roles, including expectations for each team member.

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6 Strategies for Promoting Student Autonomy

These techniques foster independence and show students how to help themselves—and their peers—understand and complete tasks.

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Start the Year With Collaboration

Try these effective strategies for having students participate in group work from the very beginning of the school year.

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Deeper Learning: A Collaborative Classroom Is Key

Teach students how to listen and ask good questions with these exercises designed to scaffold deep, meaningful collaboration.

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Want to Improve a District? Let Teachers Lead the Way

A Connecticut superintendent put teachers and students at the forefront of all decisions and transformed a district.

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Student-Centered Learning: Building Agency and Engagement
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Student-Centered Learning: Building Agency and Engagement

Peek inside a high school where teachers act as facilitators and students are directors of their own learning.

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Getting Started With Self-Organized Learning Environments

Tips for creating a more student-centered and collaborative classroom.

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The Student-Centered Math Class

Transform your math instruction with three strategies you can start using today.

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22 Powerful Closure Activities

Too many university supervisors and administrators criticize the absence of lesson closure, the activity that ends a lesson and creates a lasting impression. Like contracting your bicep at the top of a dumbbell curl, closure squeezes an extra oomph into a...

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Golden Rules for Engaging Students in Learning Activities

When we think of student engagement in learning activities, it is often convenient to understand engagement with an activity as being represented by good behavior (i.e. behavioral engagement), positive feelings (i.e. emotional engagement), and, above all,...

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Flexible Classrooms: Providing the Learning Environment That Kids Need
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Flexible Classrooms: Providing the Learning Environment That Kids Need

At Albemarle County Public Schools, flexible classrooms empower student choice, increase student engagement, and improve student participation.

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Student-Centered Learning: It Starts With the Teacher

Teachers encourage student-centered learning by allowing students to share in decisions, believing in their capacity to lead, and remembering how it feels to learn.

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Deeper Learning: A Collaborative Classroom Is Key

Teach students how to listen and ask good questions with these exercises designed to scaffold deep, meaningful collaboration.

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21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons

Libraries become a different kind of learning destination when schools reimagine them as open, transparent spaces that invite student communication and collaboration.

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6 Ways to Help Students Understand Math

Help students better understand math by presenting multiple examples, encouraging collaboration on alternative solutions, and framing the class with a clear agenda and effective summary.

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