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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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  • A New Approach to Flexible Grouping

    This strategy for flexible grouping mixes whole class, small group, and individual practice in one lesson and helps build a classroom community.
    Matt Griesinger
  • Activating Learning by Milling to Music

    When students pretend they’re at a fancy party making small talk, a simple brainstorm for writing ideas becomes more lively, more cooperative—and more effective.
  • How to Motivate Students to Work in Collaborative Teams

    Group work can be challenging for students, but teachers can facilitate relationship building that leads to positive learning outcomes.
  • 23 Ways to Build and Sustain Classroom Relationships

    These teacher-approved activities will help create the sort of classroom bonds that pave the way to academic success.
  • A Collaborative Approach to Mistake Analysis

    This method calls for students working in groups to create problems, point out common errors, find solutions, and then explain the process.
  • Across Grade Levels, Should Learning Be a Lot More Playful?

    Denmark has fully embraced playful learning in its K–12 schools. We visited two schools to see the pedagogical approach in action.
  • Taking a Playful Approach to Assessment

    When teachers bring collaboration, creativity, and movement into assessment, anxiety and dread give way to confidence and joy as students show off what they have learned.
  • Teaching Note-Taking Skills to Guide Students to Self-Directed Learning

    These strategies help middle school students improve their critical thinking, in turn encouraging them to take the initiative in their learning.
  • 3 Collaborative Strategies to Build Up Students’ Note-Taking Skills

    Learning how to take notes can be difficult, so these strategies guide students to work and learn together, easing the way.
  • Mastering the Pace and Tone of Your Questions to Students

    Teaching students effectively means helping them advance through the moments of discomfort they experience when faced with challenging questions.
  • 5 Vocabulary Games That Build Content Knowledge

    Engaging games support student understanding of subject-specific vocabulary and help ensure retention of content knowledge.
  • Making a Math Lesson More Hands-On

    When teachers provide opportunities for students to construct figures and play with dimensions while exploring geometry, math becomes more accessible to everyone.
  • Building Community Through Collaboration at the Start of the School Year

    Teachers can begin to foster a strong classroom community by having students work together on meaningful activities.
  • 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.
  • Supporting Student Engagement With Technology

    Students engage deeply in class when tech tools encourage them to construct ideas, collaborate with peers, and create unique work.

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