A key skill for success in the 21st century is collaboration, which is often cited as a key to student success.
A collaborative classroom is an active learning environment that involves students actively collaborationg with each other or with an educator. Group learning principles and peer feedback are used along with technology, such as tablets, smartphones, and laptops, to facilitate discussion, increase class participation and promote increased knowledge generation in collaborative classrooms.
Many educators complain that their students are unable to collaborate effectively, but they forget that we need to teach them how to do so.
Teachers are often bound to standards and forget about the importance of building a collaborative culture. Collaboration between students does not just happen. The process must be continuously facilitated and built.
As educators, let us look at how we can make a difference.