Collaborative learning

“Can we work together?”

As an elementary, junior high school, and high school teacher (or primary and secondary if you prefer), this was probably the top FAQ after giving my students an in-class assignment. 

The first year or so I was a teacher, my answer was usually “no”. As I began to study pedagogy more and simultaneously observe in the classroom, I began to see that collaborative learning has a definite place in an educational framework.

What is the fear about collaborative learning?

Let’s speak about the elephant in the room, shall we? 

We want our learners and trainees to reach proficiency in certain knowledge and skills. We are worried that by working in a collaborative way, the “weaker” students will get by on the shoulders of the “stronger” students, making it look like they have reached their learning and training goals when, in fact, they have not.

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