How Do I Get My Students to Collaborate & Discuss Effectively?

The English Language Arts Speaking & Listening thread requires collaborative discussions in pairs, small groups, and larger groups. How do we teach our students the behaviors, methods, and expectations that allow for productive group discussion and collaboration? In this workshop, teachers will explore the basics of effective small group processes (such as sharing leadership and responsibility, paying attention to group process tasks, using positive language, intensifying listening skills, and developing a class norm of skilled collaboration) and how to weave them into class work.

Curricular Connections

CCR Anchor Standard English Language Arts 1. Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.  3-5.SL.1.b Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions and carry out assigned roles. 3.SL.4 Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.
NC Theatre Arts 5.C.1.2 Apply appropriate vocal elements of volume, pitch, rate, tone, articulation, and vocal expression in various types of formal and informal presentations. 5.C.1.3 Construct original scripts using dialogue that communicates ideas and feelings.
NC Health ICR.1.1 Classify behaviors as either productive or counterproductive to group functioning.


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