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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.

  • High school students talking in a group

    3 SEL Practices Teachers Can Use Every Day

    These social and emotional learning strategies won’t take a lot of time, but they can have a big impact on middle and high school students.
    Lainie Rowell
  • Elementary aged girl does math problem on whiteboard

    Using Student-Led Collaborative Learning to Empower Math Students

    By slightly modifying the gradual release of responsibility strategy, teachers can boost students’ engagement and learning.
    535
  • Teacher reads book to students sitting on the floor of their classroom

    Connecting SEL and Equity in Hybrid Learning Classrooms

    Common social and emotional learning strategies also promote equity, contributing to all students’ feeling of belonging in school.
    485
  • Making a Shared Space for In-Person and Remote Learners

    Making a Shared Space for In-Person and Remote Learners

    Building community in a concurrent teaching model is challenging, but collaborative learning is possible with the right virtual tools.
    3.5k
  • 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.
    5.9k
  • Teenage girl at home on computer remote learning

    Using Online Whiteboards to Boost Student Engagement and Confidence in Math

    Two teachers who had students use individual dry-erase boards in the classroom have switched to online whiteboards—a change they plan to keep.
    1.5k
  • 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.
    3.4k
  • 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.
    3.4k
  • 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.
    51.6k
  • Teenage girl participates in virtual learning at home

    4 Relationship-Building Strategies to Help Finish the School Year Strong

    Students still have time to make connections with their classmates, and projects that require teamwork are a great place to start.
    725
  • Student works on laptop in classroom while wearing mask

    Making Project-Based Learning Inclusive in a Hybrid Setting

    It’s not easy to help students feel connected when everyone isn’t in the same room, but these science teachers found a way to make it work.
    640
  • 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.
    1.5k
  • 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

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