Collaborative Learning

Students working together

Working Collaboratively

Working collaboratively is the act of working effectively with other students and/or adults within diverse groupings. It is an essential part of conducting science.
Girl with raised hand

Communicating

Communication is the act or process of using words, sounds, signs, and/or behaviors to express or exchange information or to express ideas, thoughts, feelings, etc., to someone else.
Two girls writing

Write-Around Discussion

This strategy provides students with opportunity to either activate prior knowledge on a topic or consolidate recently-learned information. This strategy is for use with small groups of students.
Innovation Awards

Innovation Awards

This is a strategy that provides students with the opportunity to use critical thinking and communication skills to come to a consensus about the most important innovations presented on a timeline.
Girl conducting oral history interview

Exploring Oral Histories

This strategy provides students with the opportunity to explore a topic from the perspective of family or community members who lived during the time period when particular events occurred through creation of a video or podcast. This strategy is appropriate for use with individuals or groups.
Collaborative learning

Collaborative Learning

Collaborative learning is an approach to learning and teaching in which a group of students work together to achieve a common goal (e.g., to solve a problem, meet a challenge, answer a question, share learning). Collaborative learning requires a learning environment that is fluid and inclusive, and that supports independence and interdependence of students with each other and with the educator.
Brainstorming

Brainstorming

Brainstorming is a learning strategy that encourages students to contribute to the free flow of ideas in small or large groups using a structured process.
Think-Pair-Share

Think-Pair-Share

Think-Pair-Share is a collaborative learning strategy where students work together to answer a question, or begin to solve a problem. Students are first asked to think individually about the question or problem, then to pair up with another student to compare their thinking and to come to a consensus on one response or solution. Pairs of students then share their selected response with other classmates.