This book shows you how to teach K-12 students to work in pairs and groups more effectively, so that true collaboration can happen in the classroom. Coming from their experience in social work and classroom teaching, Christina M. Krantz and Laura Gullette Smith explain the problems that can occur with traditional Think-Pair-Share models and offer refreshing solutions. They provide practical strategies to help students build collegial peer relationships, learn to share tasks, and hold deeper discussions. Each chapter offers useful strategies that you can implement immediately. This book includes an invaluable appendix of resources that the authors share when leading workshops, as well as rubrics, agendas, and classroom tools designed with the strategies covered in each chapter in mind.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: How Do You Do It? Building Connections with Students
Chapter 2: How Do You Do It? Building Connections between Students
Chapter 3: Laying the Foundation for Collaborative Learning
Chapter 4: Making Sure Your Students Have the Necessary Essential Skills
Chapter 5: Collaborative Strategies for Effective Learning
Chapter 6: What to Do When it Doesn’t Go as Planned
Appendix A: Strategies at a Glance
Appendix B: Additional Resources
Christina M. Krantz is an educational consultant and certified social worker at Central Kentucky Educational Cooperative with ten years of educational experience. Areas of expertise include mental health, building relationships, resilience, trauma-informed care, and post-secondary transition for students with disabilities. Follow her on social media at @ChristinaK1978 (Twitter) and christina_krantz (Instagram).
Laura Gullette Smith is an instructional consultant at Central Kentucky Educational Cooperative with 24 years in the field of education that include K-5 classroom experience and instructional coaching, as well as consulting and training school districts in PreK-12 in Central Kentucky. Follow her on social media at @lgullsmith (Twitter) and @llgull (Instagram).