Collaborative Learning in the Math Classroom

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Introduction

Hello everyone! Have you ever wondered how you can find creative ways to make your math classes more fun and engaging for your students? Well, lucky you! You have come to the right place! My mini-course will introduce you to collaborative learning & how it can be implemented in a math classroom. We will discuss the positives & negatives, the different ways you can have your students collaborate, & how to meet the needs of each unique individual you have.

Course Overview

By the end of the course, learners will be able to answer the following questions:

1. What is collaborative learning?

2. How can collaborative learning benefit students?

3. What type of activities and/or strategies are there? What idea works best for my type of students?

4. How can teachers successfully design their own math lesson that incorporates collaboration?

The goal is for teachers to be able to find more effective, engaging ways for students to participate during math lessons. Instead of setting an environment where the teacher leads the entire discussion, the goal is to stay away from this type of practice and allow the students to discover their own learning by engaging with each other.

This course is organized into three units. As you work through the course, you will be asked to:

  • Read various articles
  • Watch various videos
  • Participate in class discussions
  • Reflect on your own learning and teaching in the classroom

Course Units

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1. Unit 1: The Importance Of Understanding Collaborative Learning

Learning Objective:

Learners will be able to define what collaborative learning is & analyze how it can be beneficial in the classroom.

Learners will be asked to:

  • Fill out a pre-assessment on Collaborative Learning
  • Read an article on Collaborative Learning
  • Watch a video on Collaborative Learning
  • Write a reflection on what they've learned this unit
  • Provide feedback to other participates

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

Learning Objective:

Learners will be able to read and listen about collaborative learning activities that can take place in a math classroom. Learners will be able to evaluate what learning activities would work best for their student population.

Leaners will be asked to:

  • Watch a video on Collaborative Learning in the Classroom
  • Read an article on a student's point of view of how collaborative learning has affected them in a math class.
  • Read an article on how to find activities/strategies that support students with disabilities.
  • Share a topic they teach and determine what type of activities would work best for their lesson.
  • Provide feedback to other participates

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

Learning Objective:

Leaners will be able to design a lesson plan that showcases their understanding of what collaborative learning is, how to make it effective, and reflect on what they've created.

Leaners will be asked to:

  • Watch 2 videos that walks through a lesson plan template
  • Create their own lesson plan that includes a collaborative learning activity or strategy
  • Provide feedback to other participates on their lesson
  • Take the post-assessment to see how much they've learned since the first day

Extra Resources

Collaborative Activities

Building Collaborative Problem Solvers

The Collaborative Learning Project

Math Games