Unit 2: What Type of Collaborative Strategies & Activities You Use in the Math Classroom


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Learning Objectives

1. Learners will be able to understand collaborative learning in a math setting.

2. Leaners will be able to compare and contrast math activities.

3. Learners will be able to understand how to use collaborative activities and strategies in their own classroom.

Task 1: Collaborative Learning Strategies


Now that you've learned what collaborative learning is, it's time to learn about different strategies to creating an effective, collaborative learning environment.

One big question teachers have is, "How do I group my students?" Well, depending on what type of students you have or how big your class is, it will definitely affect how you want to group your students!

Another question teachers have is, "What type of activities are known to be most effective with collaborative learning?" There are so many classroom examples and depending on what your lesson is about, it can affect what type of method you want to use!

I have attached a video that can answer these questions! This video briefly talks about different strategies, classroom examples, & what to be aware about when implementing collaborative learning.

Task 2: Collaboration in a Math Class


Collaboration can be used across all content areas, but I want to focus, specifically, on math classes. You have learned from many educators on why collaborative learning is effective, but what do the students think? Educators believe that collaborative learning helps build understanding and gain stronger communication skills, but do students agree? What do they think collaborative learning does for them? I have attached an article, "High School Students' Perspective on Collaboration in Their Mathematics Class", by Corey Webel where he decides to experiment on two high schools student to see how collaborative learning affects them.

Click Here: High School Students' Perspective on Collaboration in Their Mathematics Class

Task 3: Teaching Math to Students with Learning Disabilities


Collaborative Learning is a very effective approach to education, but what types of collaborative strategies work best for your students? You might be a teacher who teaches the general education with a variety of different learners or you may be a teacher that teaches to students with disabilities. When deciding how to use collaborative learning in your classroom, you want to decide what method is best based on your student population.

I have attached an article, "Using Cooperative Learning To Teach Mathematics to Students with Learning Disabilities" written by Diana Riveria where she goes in to detail on how to prepare each lesson by deciding what type of activity to do and how to set it up, how to instruct while the lesson is going on, and how to evaluate a lesson after it is complete. She opens up different ideas to her readers on what type of activities or strategies you can use to meet the needs of all students, but specifically, students with learning disabilities.

Click Here: Using Cooperative Learning to Teach Mathematics to Students with Learning Disabilities

Task 4: Activity - Discussion Board


1. On our google classroom page, Google Classroom, please look under classwork & click on the assignment, "Unit 2: Share a Lesson & Incorporate a Cooperative Learning Strategy".

2. Please pick a class you teach and share as much as you can about your students!

3. Pick a lesson that you believe would work best with a cooperative learning activity/strategy.

4. Outline what the lesson preparation, the lesson instruction, and lesson evaluation would look like.

5. Look at your classmates' posts and comment on two of them.

Next Stop: Unit 3: How You Can Make a Math Lesson on Collaborative Learning