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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.