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Collaborative Learning Models in the Classroom

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PD Hours:

8 Hours

Credit Type:

Clock Hours, CPEs, CTLEs, Act48 Credits, Others

Content Areas:

21st Century Learning, Class Management/ Behavior, Social /Emotional, Teaching Strategies

Course Description:

(8 Hours) Incorporating regular collaborative learning opportunities into your lessons is an important part of a strong lesson cycle. But choosing a model that always promotes student discussion at high levels can be an arduous task for any busy teacher. This course presents 6 common models along with accompanying student resources, to help you plan low- prep methods for collaboration that still support student learning at high levels.

Course Objectives:

  • What Collaborative Learning is & How it Can Improve Learning, Peer Engagement, & Academic/ Social Development

  • The Six Most Common Collaborative Learning Models to Use in the Classroom

  • How to Structure, Plan, Assess, & Hold Students Accountable While Implementing Collaborative Learning

Resources Included

Course includes 27 high-quality tools, templates, & student resources.

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Includes One year of Course Access, Fully Self-Paced & Online.

Course Sections What You Will Learn

Incorporating regular collaborative learning opportunities into your lessons is an important part of a strong lesson cycle. But choosing a model that always promotes student discussion at high levels can be an arduous task for the busy teacher. This course presents 6 models and accompanying student resources to help you plan some lower- prep methods for collaboration that still supports the ability of students to learn from one another at high levels. This course will provide you with the ideas and resources to more easily group your students for collaborative work, it will present to you 6 models for effective collaboration and provide resources for effective collaboration. We will also describe a simple structure and assessment process that you can incorporate to measure student success through any collaborative learning model. This online course is ideal for teachers currently seeking re-certification, new or aspiring teachers, and experienced teachers that wish to learn new ways to incorporate strong and effective collaboration into their regular classroom lessons.

You Will Learn:

  • What collaborative learning is, plus methods and tools for grouping students.
  • 6 collaborative learning models that are lower prep options for student discourse.
  • Methods for structuring and assessing student collaboration within activities.

Course Guiding Questions Course Guiding Question:

How can I provide my students with the support and structure required to collaborate deeply within specific collaborative learning models?

Credits Professional Development Credits

At the conclusion of the course, you will receive a certificate for 8 Professional Development Hours (Clock Hours, CPEs).

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If you are a teacher seeking license renewal and wish to verify acceptance of our Professional Development Courses, please view our PD STATE REQUIREMENTS PAGE to learn more about your state’s requirements.

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Approval Information About This Course for Teaching License Renewal & Continuing Education

Model Teaching has helped thousands of teachers across the country meet their relicensing requirements.

This course is Pre-Approved in the following states for License Renewal and Continuing education:

  • Texas – CPE’s, TEA-Approved
  • New York CTLE’s – NYSED-Approved
  • Pennsylvania DOE – ACT 48-Approved
  • Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) – Approved
  • Nevada DOE
  • Tennessee
  • Other States As Well

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Course Sections Topics Covered and General Course Outline

Section 1 – What is Collaborative Learning?

  • An Overview of Collaborative Learning and the Peer Relationship
  • Common Elements of Collaborative Learning
  • How to Build Peer Groups for Collaborative Learning

Section 2 – Low Prep Common Collaborative Learning Models

  • Six Common Collaborative Models Used in the Classroom
  • Examples of How They Can Promote Student Collaboration

Section 3 – Structuring and Assessing Collaboration

  • What Elements Make Up Strong Collaboration
  • How to Structure Your Activities and Prompts to Promote Strong Collaboration
  • How to Hold Students Accountable for Their Learning in Collaborative Groups
  • How to Assess Collaboration Within Groups


Resources Included Helpful Resources & Templates Included With the Course

The course comes with 27 templates, tools, and graphic organizers ready to be used in your classroom!

These Include:

  • Student Grouping Template with Sample
  • Student Grouping Cards
  • Group Discussion Notes Template with Sample
  • Group Presentation Planner with Sample
  • Think-Pair-Share Worksheet with Sample
  • Hot Seat Question Planner with Sample
  • Jigsaw Worksheet with Sample
  • Pyramid Analysis Worksheet with Sample
  • Common Collaborative Models Guide
  • Questioning Planner with Sample
  • Sample Prompts to Promote Engagement
  • Academic Progress Tracker with Sample
  • AcademicCollaboration Rubric
  • Collaborative Learning Plan with Sample
  • Effectiveness Rubric
  • Implementation Observation Checklist with Sample

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