What is collaborative learning?
Collaborative learning creates an environment in which students work together to solve a problem, complete, a task, or produce a project. Practicing collaboration prepares students for challenges they’ll encounter in college and career.
Each student brings their own unique skills and perspective to the classroom. By fostering collaboration, students learn from each other along with learning from you.
What is EdWords™?
Edwords (ěd · words) n. 1. K12 glossary breaking through buzzwords to solve the challenge of a common definition.
2. Renaissance® resource to help educators take part in discussion, debate, and meaningful discourse. 3. Educators’ jargon buster.
Your classroom: A symbiotic ecosystem
To be a successful person, students must learn things that aren’t taught in textbooks: compassion, determination, leadership, and communication, to name a few. Collaboration provides a natural platform for you to encourage that development.
You also get the opportunity to observe students’ thought process. It’s another way of checking in to see if they’ve achieved deep understanding while you’re enriching their learning environment.
7 elements to classroom ecosystem poised for excellence
Why choose collaborative learning?
Renaissance programs provide authentic opportunities for fostering meaningful conversation during reading and math practice.
Celebrate societal connection
Students need to read nonfiction in order to explore the connection they have to other people who made an impact on their world. Find ways to practice together in this free eBook:
Practice critical thinking
One of the hot topics at NCTM 2016 was encouraging meaningful discourse as a key component of math practice. Use resources built for math practice to create an intuitive flow of student discussions during math. See them in actionand learn real classroom strategies to get kids talking about math:
Working together helps you
- Encourage students to take ownership of their own learning
- Create a rich environment where each child feels engaged, curious, and eager to learn more
- Identify which students understand the concepts you’re teaching and who might need more support
By developing skills you don’t learn from textbooks
An ideal collaborative learning solution provides opportunities for group learning by: