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Collaborative Practice

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John Hardy

on 14 August 2013

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Transcript of Collaborative Practice

Learning is a social process and relies on communication and interaction with others.

Tools and strategies in support of teaching excellence and student achievement
Productive collaboration allows for:
Shared insights
Arguing differing perspectives
Explanation of one's own thinking
SO...Why aren't we working
the way people learn rather than against it?
Did you know ???
As with anything, there are obstacles...
Should require/encourage...
Collaborative tasks
Collaborative Practice
Collaboration is a
...because our students NEED
to be 21st century learners!
Greater individual and collective growth
Are we READY
to teach them?
"Active and collaborative learning practices have a more significant impact on student performance than any other variable, including background and prior achievement."

- Linda Darling-Hammond

Teacher to Student Collaboration
Teacher to Teacher Collaboration
Student to Student
Problem solving process
Technology to support
Teacher to Teacher Collaboration
Why Teacher to Student Collaboration?
Technology that supports Teacher to Student Collaboration
Edmodo serves as a tool for delivery and communication
InfuseLearning.com for formative assessments and more with online interactive whiteboard
Technology that supports student to student collaboration
Collaborative learning vs. Cooperative groups
Collaborative Learning

Participants work together to solve a problem
Share equal responsibilities
Learning occurs through talk and through the process
Teacher does not always have solution
Choosing and developing appropriate tasks
Our students ARE ready to
learn in the collaboration age!

Skills Framework for 21st Century Learning
Learning and innovation skills are what separate students who are prepared for increasingly complex life and work environments in today’s world and those who are not. They include:

Creativity and Innovation
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Communication and Collaboration
Best practices for collaborative learning...
Establish goals
Teaching can no longer be an "isolated" profession, Teachers need...
to learn from one another
This requires...
effective and efficient use of time
use of emerging technologies
- adapted from A Strategy for Education Equity and Excellence, US Dept. of Education
Mastery is enhanced when students collaborate with their teachers and their peers.
Session Outcomes
What students gain from collaboration with one another:
Collaboration allows for..
students to develop their potential for learning
Develop an understanding of the importance of collaboration in an educational setting

Identify and examine three types of collaborative relationships

Observe and explore a variety of online tools that support teacher and student collaboration
Participants will...
Are we ready to be
21st century educators?
Do you/your teachers...
foster creativity?
social network?
3 Types of Collaborative Practice
Teacher to Teacher
Benefits...Obstacles... in regards to
collaborative practice
What are your thoughts????

Buck Institute for Education. "Project Based Learning for the 21st Century." Navato, California.: BIE, 2011.

Darling-Hammond, Linda. Powerful Learning: "What We Know About Teaching for Understanding." San Francisco, California.: Jossey-Bass, 2008.

Risko, Victoria. "Collaboration for Diverse Learners: Viewpoints and Practices." Newark, Delaware.: International Reading Association, 2001.

The Equity and Excellence Report. "For Each and Every Child: A Strategy for Education Equity and Excellence." Alexandria, VA.: U.S. Dept. of Education, 2013

Trilling, Bernie, and Fadel, Charles. "21st Century Learning: Learning for Life in Our Times." San Francisco, CA.: Jossey-Bass, 2009.
Partnership for 21st Century Learning
Teacher Collaboration: The Essential Common Core Ingredient (Education Week; April 29, 2013)

Common Core State Standards and the 4Cs: A Perfect Marriage (Cheryl Williams; 21st Century Skills Blog)

On Common Core: Cultivating Collaboration (School Library Journal; September 4, 2012)

Collaboration - Integral to Common Core Assessment (Andrew Miller, Abeo School Change blog; undated)

P21 on Collaboration, Common Core and 21st Century Learning (SMART EDCompass blog; January 15, 2013)

And what about the Common Core State Standards?
- L.S.Vygotsky (1896-1934)
Collaboration has been repeatedly identified as an essential 21st century skill . . . .
Professor of Education
Stanford Graduate School of Education
observe best practices
develop effective instructional materials
plan together
Offers students a democratic voice to make choices, solve problems and deal with conflicts.
Provides students with choice and a sense of control which could prevent problematic behaviors.
Students acquire a greater capacity for academic and social responsibilities.
Teachers experience a greater appreciation for student strengths rather than deficits.
increased social and academic outcomes
increased motivation and engagement
interdependence and team building
(Formerly called Wallwisher)
Cooperative Learning
Each person is responsible for a portion of the work
More structured with specific duties and roles
Learning is driven by the "end result" or product
Most often the teacher is aware of both the problem and solution
Greater confidence and motivation
Improved social interaction and personal development
Builds effective communication skills
Encourages problem solving
Compatible team members
Selecting and using discussion strategies that support deeper learning
Ensuring access to technology tools & resources

Dialogic process
Dynamic process
Developmental process
Agree on group norms
Assess the process NOT just the product...
Tasks should be project-based, and/or inquiry based to encourge problem solving and critical thinking
Accountability- built in structures for individuals and the group
Opportunities to reflect on group process and outcome
Interdependence among team members
Teacher to Student
Student to Student
From “Why Collaborate with Students?”, Chapter 1 of “Collaborating with Students in Instruction and Decision Making"; R.A. Villa; Sage Publications, 2010. (A link to this PDF file is available via the Link Collection page of my SWIFT site.)
The Impact of Collaborative, Scaffolded Learning in K-12 Schools: A Meta-Analysis (S.M. Williams; The Metiri Group, 2009)
Deeper Learning: A Collaborative Classroom is Key (R. Alber; Edutopia, December 31, 2012)
Both resources available from the Link Collection page of John Hardy's SWIFT site (Collaborative Practice category)

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