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Posted on September 5, 2011. Filed under: WELCOME BACK |


I love September; I am not sure if it is the crisp cool air or just the thought of beginning a new school year, but I love September. At a young age I always felt privileged to be able to go to school and learn. I still feel very privileged as I embark on a new school year, not only do I have the opportunity to teach preservice and inservice teachers, but I know I will learn a great deal from my students as well.

To start the new school year, I began with a little homework. In my readings I have notice some  “buzz” words that appear over and over again, both online and in print. One of these words is COLLABORATION. Collaboration mean to work jointly with others or together especially in an intellectual endeavor (Webster’s Online Dictionary, 2011).  My first reaction was this was not something new; it was simply a new word for Cooperative Learning, but in reading further I began to understand that it was much more than simply the ability to work with others.  Collaborative learning affords students enormous advantages not available from more traditional instruction because a group–whether it be the whole class or a learning group within the class–can accomplish meaningful learning and solve problems better than any individual can alone.

There are numerous collaborative projects for your students to engage in right in your classroom, but to engage in a project that involves other students from all over the globe will be a true collaborative experience. Collaborative, online projects are one of the most exciting ways to motivate students. Getting students involved with posting project on the web, emailing other students or experts, discussing issues on threaded discussion, in addition to other more creative collaborative projects.  One of my favorite websites for science related collaborative projects is the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education. For example for grades 4-8 students can discover how much water they use in comparison to other countries or they can engage in a collaborative project involving one’s  proximity to the equator and how it affects daily temperatures and hours of sunlight. If you are interested in more projects like this just click this link


If you would like to learn more about the collaborative classroom, take a look at this

The Collaborative Classroom 

I would love to hear about your collaborative projects. Please share them with me!

Have a wonderful school year!

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