In the previous blogs in this category I wrote about:
In this blog I write about the beneficial effects of collaboration for the teacher, and for the students as future employees / entrepreneurs.
As you can see in the previous blog about working in groups, the rules and the group work roles lend themselves towards collaboration.
However, many students may still have a competitive mindset, where they compete for the teacher’s attention, getting the right answers, getting the highest marks et cetera or competing to get the class's attention, getting the most laughs.
To develop a sense of collaboration, each of the groups can be given a unique task rather than each group having the same task. When you design the group activities, you can consider the following:
All groups are given the same activities. The ‘winners’ are the students who get the most answers correct, most quickly.
Each group gets a different, but related activities. The ‘winners’ are the whole class with each student contributing to the overall understanding, in their own way.
One way of working collaboratively in groups is to use the Jigsaw Strategy where 4 to 6 groups delve into a package of study material that is unique to each group and then share the results with the whole class.
Generally, in the Jigsaw Strategy is a process of smaller pictures being assembled to make a larger picture.
Example 1 From details to overview
In order to gain a complete picture of the topic being studied, each group’s contribution is shared.
Example 2 Case Studies
In order to solve the problem, each group needs to share their information in such a way that the other groups understand and come to the same (correct) conclusion.
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