Collaborative Learning: 10 Strategies that Work

Collaborative learning, a situation in which a few students get together and help each other learn, either through completing the task or by teaching each other. By using collaborative learning the engagement of any lesson or activity increases, it allows all students to participate and no student to be left “invisible”.  Collected here are 10 strategies that work and that could be incorporated into your classroom immediately. These strategies work for all subject areas and many of them require little to no prep work. This is a Win-Win.

Cooperative Learning

So here are 10 ways to easily incorporate collaborative learning instantly.

  • Case Study
    • In small groups assign students a case study.  Have each group analyze the information and then share it out.
  • Catch-up
    • Stop during a lecture and have students turn to another and summarize the main points that have been covered.  Allow each student to add examples.
  • Fishbowl debate:
    • Assign roles. For example, the person on left takes one position on a topic for debate, the person on right takes the opposite position, and the person in the middle takes notes and decides which side is the most convincing and provides an argument for his or her choice.
  • Get your Game on
    • Play interactive games where you challenge each group to access knowledge and meet certain goals.
  • Group Brain Power
    • Present students with a problem and as a group/ class they need to determine how to solve it.
  • Jigsaw
    • The student is required to research one part of the material and then teach it to the rest of the group.
  • Once Upon a Time
    • Groups either tell a story with cartoons or comic strips.
  • Project or Problem Based Learning
    • It is a collaborative, student-centered approach to learning in which students learn about a subject by working in groups to solve an open-ended problem.
  • Stump your partner
    • Students create a challenging question about the content covered, then ask the question to another student.
  • Think-pair-share
    • Students reflect on a prompt from the instructor.  Then they determine a response and share it with another student or in a small group.  Each individual has a turn to share and then they discuss the topic.

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