Teachers and researchers agree: student collaboration is essential to learning. Group work, on the other hand, tends to come with challenges. Some students feel like they do all the work, others feel left out, motivation wanes, and teachers see assignments as just cobbled together. So, what makes for better group work? Here, we’ll highlight some tips on how to make students’ group work more relevant and impactful for everyone involved.
Can we organize group work so that every student has ownership over their learning?
Collaboration is great in theory, but in reality students' group work tends to be fraught. Here are some tips on how to make group work more productive, and painless, for everyone involved.
Organize students' group work so that everyone has a piece to own.
Show students how to share ownership of the learning they do in groups. Help make students' roles and responsibilities clearer by organizing their group work in a digital space.
Want to know more about the why behind collaborative learning and positive group work strategies? Check out these articles and resources.
Read what Google researchers found when they asked what makes great groups tick ...Source: The New York Times Magazine
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What strategies can we use to promote more equity in collaborative group work?