Collaborative Learning

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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.
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Working Collaboratively

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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.
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Communicating

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.
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Think-Pair-Share

Consensus

Consensus Mat

A Consensus Mat is a group discussion strategy that gives each student in a group an opportunity to record his/her responses, ideas, information or points of view. Students share and discuss these ideas and as a group produce a collective, agreed-upon response (consensus).
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Consensus Mat

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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.
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Write-Around Discussion

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Think-Discuss-Decide

This is a collaborative oral learning strategy that allows students to present and share their own ideas about a subject through a combination of individual thinking time and small group discussion using a graphic organizer.
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Think-Discuss-Decide

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Silent Discussion/Graffiti

This is a collaborative learning strategy which provides students with the opportunity to write their own opinion and make personal connections to a topic/concept, reading, video and/or other medium. Students engage in a silent discussion with their peers by responding to other students’ written responses.
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Silent Discussion/Graffiti

Key Ideas Round Robin

Key Ideas Round Robin

This strategy has students summarize key ideas from a reading or viewing selection, then form pairs and finally groups of four to eventually negotiate the key idea of the selection.
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Key Ideas Round Robin

Group Talk

Group Talk

Group Talk is a learning strategy that assists students in learning how to share their ideas and questions as well as to listen to the ideas and questions of others.
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Group Talk

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.
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Exploring Oral Histories

Students watching and listening to video

Deep Viewing

This is a strategy that helps students to obtain and summarize information presented in a video.
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Deep Viewing

Consequence map

Consequence Mapping

A Consequence Map is a graphic organizer that requires students to think about the potential long-term impacts of a real or imaginary event, issue, problem, trend, or developing technology. Consequence mapping encourages deeper thinking about interrelationships and cause and effect.
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Consequence Mapping

Concept map on blackboard

Concept Definition Web

This is an individual strategy which uses a graphic organizer to help students understand the meaning of key concepts.
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Concept Definition Web

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.
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Collaborative Learning

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.
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Brainstorming