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Carrie Webster

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Transcript of Collaboration

How to work together
What is Collaboration
Take 3 sticky notes and write responses to these three questions:
What does a collaborative classroom look like?
What does a collaborative classroom feel like?
What does a collaborative classroom sound like?
Please put your sticky notes on the board under the correct question when you're finished
Step 1: Have a clear goal in mind. Make sure everyone involved understands what the goal is and believes that the goal is worthwhile. The overarching goal of collaboration is to achieve something together that you would not be able to achieve alone. Sometimes that's in the nature of the finished product, but other times the gain is efficiency. Either way, the people who are collaborating should have some kind of shared vision.
How does personality affect collaboration?
Step 4: Establish a communications system. Make sure it allows collaborators to discuss team issues in a relaxed environment. Create ways of documenting issues raised and decisions made. Using wikis and shared documents can help with keeping everyone in the loop.
What do students learn?
What are some examples of when you collaborated well?
What have you seen with collaboration in your CT's classroom this semester?
Why is collaboration good?
What is an example of when you did NOT collaborate well?
Jung Typology
What is it?
What were your results?
Other examples
How can we apply this in our future classrooms?
DiSC Test
What is it?
Let's Take it!
What were your results?
How can we apply this in our future classrooms?
Step 3: Give each member of the project a way to define his or her own role on the team. One way to approach this is to write down all the tasks that need to be carried out. For each task, ask who's interested in that task, and write their names next to it. Ideally, everyone will gravitate towards different roles,.
How To Collaborate
Step 5: Establish ways to monitor performance and provide feedback. Periodically, meet together to discuss ways to improve on the project. There should be some metrics by which you can monitor your progress. It might be as simple as how many pages of a book has been written.
Step 2: Create a results-driven structure within your team that is appropriate for the goal you want to achieve. There are three kinds of teams that are commonly used, based on the type of results desired:
Problem resolution teams
Creative teams The innovators.
Tactical teams
Step 6: Seek consensus. Disagreements are common in any group effort. When conflicts arise, seek consensus from all members on resolution. It's important that every person in the group stands behind the group decision, whether they agree with it or not.
Please get in groups by content area
Think of a project you've done in your area
Find a tool from the website provided that students could use to do that project
You'll have 20 minutes to research that tool
Then you'll share with the class
Individual Collaboration
Each group will get a worksheet
Please come up with good and bad examples of that step (5-7 minutes)
We will share with the class
1. Create a collaborative climate 2. Be humble,
3. Delegate tasks 4. Assume good faith
The teacher’s define their roles in terms of mediating learning through dialogue and collaboration.

Teacher’s Roles in a Collaborative Classroom

Involves creating rich environments and activities for linking new information to prior knowledge.
structure the resources in the classroom to provide a diversity of genres and perspectives
Work to involve parents and community members
Establish Classrooms with diverse and flexible social structures
Creating learning tasks that encourage diversity but which aim at high standards of performance for all students.

Facilitator Facilitating
Serves to share with students not only what one is thinking about the content to be learned, but the processes of communication and collaborative learning.
Involves thinking aloud or demonstrating
With respect to group processes, teachers may share their thinking about the various roles, rules, and relationships in collaborative classrooms.

Involves giving hints or cues, providing feedback, redirecting student’s effort and helping them use a strategy.
Provide the right amount of help when students need it- neither too much nor too little so that students retain as much responsibility as possible for their own learning

Major roles are collaborator and active participator.
These roles influence processes and activities that students conduct before, during, and after learning
Before Learning: Goal setting
During learning: Designing Learning Tasks and Monitoring
After Learning: Assess their performance

Students’ Roles

Teachers still set goals for students, where these provide students with choices
Students should collaborate and talk about their goals together.

Goal setting
Students assume much more responsibility in a collaborative classroom for planning their own learning activities.
Self-regulated learning: Students learn to responsibility for monitoring, adjusting, self-questioning, and questioning each other.
Monitoring: Checking one’s progress toward goals
Adjusting: Changes students make in what they ar doing to reach their goals

Designing Learning Tasks and Monitoring
Self-assessment: a Capability that is fostered as students assess group work
More than just a grade: it means evaluating whether one has learned what one intended to learn, the effectiveness of learning strategies, the quality of products and decisions about what products reflect one’s best work, etc.
Students learn to evaluate their own learning from their experiences with group evaluation.

Tend to be noisier that traditional classrooms (Teachers argue students can’t learn in a “uncontrolled” class)
Preparation Time for Collaborative learning: Teachers and administrators may believe that new lesson plans must be formed for these classrooms
Individual Differences Among Students
Individual Responsibility for learning: it is difficult to assign individual grades
Conflict of Value

Challenges and Conflicts
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