- Students working together in pairs and groups on focussed tasks within lessons.
- Teachers sharing good practice and new ideas from TLCs, both within and between faculties, as well as
contributing to a bank of teaching ideas, resources and video clips of great lessons.
Great teaching and ‘outstanding’ lessons need to show students working collaboratively.
It promotes independent, student-initiated learning and deeper levels of understanding as well as being a fabulous way to show differentiation and progress.
Each session will look at a different, ‘tried and tested’ strategy to easily incorporate collaborative learning into existing lesson plans and SOWs.
There will be practical activities and examples, the opportunity to create your own resources during each session and time to plan specific lessons.
Programme of sessions:
- Learning grids
- Top Trump cards
- Jigsawing and Enjoying
- Treasure Hunt
- Quick team games for starters and plenaries
The advantages of working collaboratively:
- Higher engagement and motivation
- Easy to include all three VAK strategies to suit all learners
- Builds students’ self esteem
- Less teacher input – easy to follow 20:80 teacher : student led pattern and develop the teacher’s role
as activator and challenger
- Students are in FLOW - learning to naturally take ownership of own learning processes
- No partnerships or groups are completing identical outcomes
- Immediate opportunities for AfL and less need for endless book marking
- Competition fosters a high work rate
- Creates a feeling of fun – a buzz!