Although most teachers already understand the benefits of having students learn collaboratively, many of them simply tell their MLLs/ELLs to work together and hope for the best. Discover how to get your MLLs/ELLs talking to each other in meaningful ways by test-driving innovative activity structures that foster organized, purposeful, and productive collaboration. Learn how to micro-structure student conversations in order to maximize student interactivity. Explore the five essentials of collaboration that any activity needs to be truly collaborative, as well as the strategies and tools necessary for successfully implementing them. Apply your understanding of these essentials by creating activities for your own curriculum that will have students working together in authentic ways for some greater purpose.
Participants will receive many models, curriculum examples, resources and templates to help them create a collaborative classroom.
They will also leave with the ability to:
-Differentiate between group work and true collaborative work.
-Understand the 5 “essentials” of a collaborative classroom and be able to incorporate them into an activity to make it truly collaborative.
-Identify opportunities in a lesson when there are opportunities for collaboration
Presenter: Daria Witt