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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 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.
    Stephanie Rothstein, Lainie Rowell
  • Middle school students discuss project in small group

    5 Ways to Promote Healthy Discourse During Project-Based Learning

    Encouraging middle and high school students to talk through differences of opinion can make for stronger projects and greater learning gains.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Teenager participating in a virtual meeting on her laptop

    A Model for Setting Up Group Work in High School Math

    Collaboration is beneficial for student learning, and a strategy designed for distance learning makes it manageable and engaging.
  • 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.
  • Middle school aged girl at computer distance learning

    Adapting an Effective Math Collaboration Activity for Distance Learning

    An instructional coach and math teacher who developed a powerful model for student collaboration have tweaked it for the pandemic.
  • 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.
  • How to Keep Kids Collaborating Remotely

    How to Keep Kids Collaborating Remotely

    Collaborative learning doesn't have to fall by the wayside when you're teaching online. These tech tools and strategies will get students working together in no time.
  • 60-Second Strategy: Respond, Reflect, and Review

    60-Second Strategy: Respond, Reflect, and Review

    This simple activity helps students practice giving and receiving peer feedback—and gets them out of their desks.
  • Making Teamwork More Intentional

    Making Teamwork More Intentional

    When students are taught to listen to each other’s ideas, give regular feedback, and focus on strong communication, they become skilled collaborators.
  • 60 Second-Strategy: Cooperative Learning Roles

    60-Second Strategy: Cooperative Learning Roles

    Giving students randomly assigned roles in their group work helps ensure that they all participate.
  • A young girl is sitting in class, looking straight ahead with a playing card in her hand and a green sheet of paper on her desk. Other students in the classroom are sitting with green sheets of paper and playing cards about.

    Golden Rules for Engaging Students in Learning Activities

    Six factors to consider in designing lessons to help increase student engagement behaviorally, emotionally, and cognitively.
  • Bringing a Collaborative Math Strategy Online

    Bringing a Collaborative Math Strategy Online

    In a four-step activity called “Try It, Talk It, Color It, Check It,” students work through problems together and explain their mathematical thinking—all on Zoom.
  • Students completing math problems on small whiteboards

    A Strategy for Boosting Student Engagement in Math

    A four-step approach to group work can get students talking and boost their mathematical and metacognitive thinking.

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