Unit 3: Sparking Resiliency: Through Collaboration

Return to Reaching and Teaching Learners in a Hybrid School Model

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Unit Overview

Unit at a Glance

Everyone has been a part of a group project that did not function as a group project. One person inevitably performs a disproportionate amount of work, and as a result students either love or hate the idea of working in a group setting. However, research shows that working in a group setting is tremendously beneficial to student learning and teacher students skill critical to success after high school. While research shows that group work is a beneficial tool, research does not always elucidate how teachers can effectively implement group work in the typical classroom setting, yet alone a virtual setting.

In this unit you will rely on you exploring the materials listed under Learning Activity. After you have finished exploring the materials, you will identify what you feel is the most important benefit of student collaboration from the articles on Jamboard. You will also reflect on what strategies you might implement in your own classroom. You will record your reflection in google forms using the link posted under Questions.

Think about it

What is your experience with group work as a student? What is your experience with group work as teacher, based on your own experiences, what worked? What didn't?

Learning Activity

Explore the links below, and using the link posted in the Questions section of this page reflect on what you have read.

File:Benefits of Collaborative Learning.pdf
"Collaborative learning is an educational approach to teaching and learning that involves groups of learners working together to solve a problem, complete a task, or create a product. This review article outlines benefits of learning in collaboration style, begins with the concept of the term and continues with the advantages created by collaborative methods. This paper sets out major benefits of collaborative learning into four categories of; social, psychological, academic, and assessment benefits. Each of them is further subdivided to more specific themes."

Using Microsoft Teams in a Hybrid Classroom
"Engaging my 11th graders as a collective class requires building bridges between those seated in the classroom and those learning remotely. I’ve found some valuable tools while seeking strategies that support student collaboration, including Microsoft Teams, which my district uses as our online platform. Here are some of the ways (To) use it."

5 Strategies to Deepen Student Collaboration
"Most of us who teach believe in the power of collaboration and frequently engage our students in collaborative activities. But how many times have we put students in groups only to watch them interact with their laptops instead of each other? Or pursue their own individual goals instead of consult with one another? Or complain about a lazy teammate? Promoting real collaboration is hard to do well—and it doesn’t just happen on its own. If we want real collaboration, we need to intentionally design it as part of our learning activity. These are five strategies to encourage effective collaboration."

Questions

What do you feel is the most significant benefit of student collaboration?
Click on the Link below, and record your answer in Jamboard
Jamboard Link


Do you see yourself using any of the strategies listed in the articles above? If so, which ones? If not, why?
Click on the Link below, and record your reflection in Google Forms
Reflection Link

Next Unit

Unit 4: Sparking Resiliency: Self Monitoring Strategies