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.
- This simple activity helps students practice giving and receiving peer feedback—and gets them out of their desks.
- Giving students randomly assigned roles in their group work helps ensure that they all participate.
- Vertical learning—a framework for high quality group work—showcases student thinking for everyone to see.
- 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, student thinking (i.e. cognitive engagement) (Fredricks, 2014). This is because students may be behaviorally and/or emotionally invested in a given activity without actually exerting the necessary mental effort to understand and master the knowledge, craft, or skill that the activity promotes.
- Sentence starters that students use to join a class discussion encourage both academic thinking and social connectedness.
- 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.
- Breaking up rows of desks fosters collaboration and empowers kids to think about how they work best.
- Simple strategies you can use to have kids teach each other—a research-proven path to better learning.
- Brief daily meetings give students working in groups the structure to hold each other accountable on long-term projects.