Research supports how collaborative learning is more effective at increasing student achievement than individual learning across all subject areas. When students work together, they demonstrate better active listening, retrieval, conceptual understanding, critical thinking, and there is a positive impact on their socialization and improved self-esteem. But it is not as simple as: put them in groups and set them free. The road to productive cooperation has bumps: uneven student contributions, interpersonal conflicts, off-task behavior, noise and general chaos. In this workshop, participants will explore frameworks and helpful tools like EXPLO’s elastic proximity diagrams, as well as gain crucial skills for designing and facilitating cooperative learning environments.
Key Questions Covered:
- What are the best facilitation tactics for ensuring productivity, inclusion, and differentiation for all students?
- How might we best design group norms that establish psychological safety?
- What are meaningful roles for students to take on in group work so that every student feels connected and involved with the project?
- What are the best tech-tools that support cooperative learning?
COURSE FORMAT: Two, 2.5-hour, Virtual meetings