Frequent Use Strategy
Through Collaboration, teachers intentionally design learning experiences in which students work with one another toward the completion of a task or goal. Collaborative learning should be developed so that it requires the perspective, knowledge, skills, and research of every student.
When using Collaboration, the teacher will design and facilitate partnerships and small groups within the classroom that allow each student to contribute in a purposeful manner toward a designated goal.
Students will assume various roles within a group to accomplish a task, contribute significantly to the completion of the goal, and assess their own and others’ contributions to the task.
Collaboration is not simply grouping for conversation, nor is it the division of a task into parts for each group member. It is best used when a common product or goal requires multiple perspectives and various types of submission or components, and when, through discussion and engagement, students contribute varied components of knowledge, different perspectives, or different skills to deepen understanding and improve the final product.
- Fisher, D. & Frey, N. (2014). Better learning through structured teaching: A framework for the gradual release of responsibility. Alexandria, VA: ASCD. excerpt from Chapter 1 available online,
- Harvey, S. & Daniels, H. (2015). Collaboration and comprehensions: Inquiry circles for curiosity, engagement, and understanding.
The Teacher will…
The Students will…
- use flexible and fluid grouping structures to provide opportunities for students to collaborate with partners and small groups.
- design group and partner work to ensure student discussion and interdependence is required.
- reflect on and apply their knowledge and prior experiences.
- make connections to new learning with existing schema.
- correct misconceptions and learning gaps.
Students will use angle measures to estimate side lengths, use side lengths to estimate angle measures, draw right triangles that describe real world problems, and label the sides and angles with their given measures and solve application problems involving right triangles.
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