Hey, thought you might like some collaboration tips on how to get your Kids thinking and talking about math. Why is collaboration so important in a math class?
Three big reasons:
Here are some secondary reasons:
Now, I must admit it was hard for me to make “collaboration” pay off at first. My students always wanted to talk about everything else but the math! Another problem I had was the same students did all the thinking, talking, and writing while the others sat by unengaged. I was tempted to throw in the towel many times. I was leery of administrators poking their heads in my door to see what all the noise was about!
I didn’t give up though, because I saw it working for other teachers. I picked up many good tips and put together a system for teaching my students HOW to collaborate so they could all be involved in the learning. In fact, on some days when I just wanted to lecture, they would stop me short and ask, “When do we get to collaborate?” Ok, I got the message. I should hand the math talking over to them so they can do the thinking, talking, learning, etc.
So here are a few of my BEST tips to get you started:
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