This can be a great opportunity to learn from others and expand your skill set, but you may hit a few bumps along the way. Collaborative learning teams are said to attain higher level thinking and preserve information for longer times than students working individually. Collaborating can… Help students build bridges between content areas. Libraries are important hubs and can provide meaningful connection points outside the school gates. Psychology is a collaborative field: as a graduate student, you will certainly find yourself working closely alongside colleagues. Use libraries to advocate for school-community partnerships and student learning. Include the networks they can utilize to raise awareness of the needs of local children and families, and always promote and foster resource-sharing and collaboration. ... Jigsaw strategies improve learning interactions and supports diversity with in the group. Successful teams not only talk about SMART goals but they establish quarterly goals for student learning. SMART stands for specific, measurable, attainable, results-oriented, and time-bound. Create Learning Activities That Are Complex. At most, they may check in with each other or interact in superficial ways. Create incredibly unique and memorable learning experiences for students. Goddard and colleagues say further studies are needed on collaborative practices but that their study provides preliminary support for efforts to improve student achievement by promoting teacher collaboration around curriculum, instruction and professional development. Parent-teacher-student collaboration is crucial for student success not only in the classroom but also in life. It is a challenge to keep parents involved and in-the-know with what is happening at school both academically and socially with their children. Students need a reason to collaborate. How to start collaborating. Help build a positive community and school culture in your building. ... we might consider collaboration to increase students’ awareness of other concepts. Collaboration can be the vehicle that helps adults become lifelong learners. Structured collaborative learning activities undertaken in two graduate level classes are described. (EDU 5072) Term: 2014-2015 Spring Finding ways to get parents more involved in the student learning process and their own student’s success is a daunting task. Collaborative learning can occur peer-to-peer or in larger groups. Peer learning, or peer instruction, is a type of collaborative learning that involves students working in pairs or small groups to discuss concepts or find solutions to problems. It is important to remember that when adults stop learning, so do students. 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