Making It a Team Effort: Students Learn to Collaborate

November 30, 2012
Lydia Dobyns

Lydia Dobyns

Watching high school freshmen navigate a collaborative project for the first time is a delight, or should I say watching them cross the “finish line” is a source of pride for all involved. Think of it like teaching your child to ride a bike, only this is a tandem bike built for six. As the teacher you function as the “push” coach and know that there are often spills and a few bruised hands in the early attempts. I’ve seen it dozens of times — the first student tentatively changes a word in a Google doc (not wanting to offend anyone or overstep boundaries); the next student takes that same word and highlights it (taking an editing leap of faith); and the third student adds a comma (because certainly punctuation can always use a little editing).

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