Research shows that educational experiences that are active, social, contextual, engaging, and student-owned lead to deeper learning. The benefits of collaborative learning include:
• Development of higher-level thinking, oral communication, self-management, and leadership skills.
• Promotion of student-faculty interaction.
• Increase in student retention, self-esteem, and responsibility.
• Exposure to and an increase in understanding of diverse perspectives.
• Preparation for real life social and employment situations.
In order to have true collaborative work there must be Accountable Talk. Accountable Talk can promote learning in the following ways:
1. Talk makes thinking visible.
2. Talk boosts memory.
3. Talk supports language development.
4. Talk helps students develop their ability to reason well, using evidence.
5. Academic talk apprentices students to talk in the disciplines.
In this packet we have included a number of resources to support you in promoting collaborative group work and accountable talk in your class.
1. Strategies to form groups
2. Research-based collaborative learning techniques
3. A conversation routine to promote accountable talk
4. Conversation prompts to promote accountable talk
5. Analysis tool and scoring template to track accountable talk.
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