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Best practices for fostering student collaboration

Aug 12, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Rebecca Ellis

The past several months of e-learning have reinforced the importance of student collaboration. Whether students are in the classroom or not, it’s important to provide opportunities to work as a team and learn social-emotional learning skills. Technology can be a great way to accomplish this. In her District Administration article, Rachelle Dene Poth detailed her recommendations for creating a collaborative environment, which we’ve summarized here.

Canva - Children Sitting on Brown Chairs Inside the ClassroomOne way to foster collaboration in both the physical classroom and in a digital learning space is through blogging. Asking your students to write down their thoughts on a topic or project idea for other students to see can build relationships among students and help them exchange ideas more efficiently. Whether you’re building your blog on educational software or a classroom website, this can be a great way to boost class collaboration.

Additionally, it can be beneficial to work with educators in other subject areas or grade levels to create opportunities for students to collaborate. One example of this would be conducting a community-based project that students must work together on to reach a solution. This not only encourages students to work together but also allows students from different classes or grade levels to get to know one another.

Finally, creating more opportunities for long class discussions can be beneficial for student collaboration. This can be done by developing prompts to get students talking and making discussion more of a focal point of lessons, rather than something that is saved for the end. This, in turn, can increase student engagement in the class and encourage students to interact with each other more during lessons.

Collaboration skills are critical, whether students are learning in the classroom or not, and creating more opportunities for communication among students could benefit their learning in more ways than one.

Read the full column here: 3 ways to promote student collaboration.

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Topics: STEM Education Tools, STEM Learning Methodologies

Rebecca Ellis

Written by Rebecca Ellis