Communication and Collaboration Amongst Secondary Students Daniel Conner Denver Public Schools
Why should students collaborate? <ul><li>Collaboration builds a sense of community amongst class members. </li></ul><ul><l...
Why should students collaborate? <ul><li>Collaboration enhances the responsibility of all students responsibility. </li></...
Why should students collaborate? <ul><li>Many cultures greatly value group work. </li></ul><ul><li>Many students enjoy int...
Communication Intro <ul><li>Secondary students often participate in social groups which may not communicate with other gro...
Collaboration Intro <ul><li>Collaborative groups can be organized by skill sets. </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative groups ca...
Collaborative Groups <ul><li>Students who may not be motivated to work on their own may often thrive in collaborative grou...
Collaboration <ul><li>Collaboration can be utilized for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Any assignment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A...
Collaboration related to transition. <ul><li>After high school, students will need to collaborate with others in their wor...
Peer Tutoring <ul><li>Peer tutoring is a great activity for communication and collaboration. </li></ul><ul><li>Partner stu...
Peer Tutoring <ul><li>Bell curves of abilities are pretty standard. </li></ul><ul><li>There will be a higher achiever in e...
Flexible Grouping <ul><li>Flexible grouping is very expedient. </li></ul><ul><li>Some groups may work well for some tasks....
Flexible Grouping <ul><li>Remember! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In education, (especially secondary special education): </li></u...
Communication <ul><li>Some students who have special needs may not communicate that they need assistance with an assignmen...
Communication <ul><li>There are times when students misbehave because they are having a challenge with an assignment. </li...
Communication and Transition <ul><li>Students will need proficient skills in communication for post secondary success. </l...
Communication <ul><li>Communication lends to a better classroom environment. </li></ul><ul><li>Through communicating, stud...
Collaboration and Communication <ul><li>A couple points to consider: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How are communication and colla...
Collaboration Across Contents <ul><li>Why not move “outside of the box” and collaborate across content areas with other te...
Further questions? <ul><li>If you have any specific questions about collaboration or communication for high school student...
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  1. 1. Communication and Collaboration Amongst Secondary Students Daniel Conner Denver Public Schools
  2. 2. Why should students collaborate? <ul><li>Collaboration builds a sense of community amongst class members. </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration allows each student to utilize his or her strengths </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration enables students to help others in their areas of need. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why should students collaborate? <ul><li>Collaboration enhances the responsibility of all students responsibility. </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration gives students the opportunities to enhance their social skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Task completion enhances student self esteem, especially when this is encouraged by classmates. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why should students collaborate? <ul><li>Many cultures greatly value group work. </li></ul><ul><li>Many students enjoy interaction with their peers during class. Collaboration harnesses this interaction! </li></ul><ul><li>Organized collaboration allows students to work with students outside of their group of friends. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Communication Intro <ul><li>Secondary students often participate in social groups which may not communicate with other groups. </li></ul><ul><li>The more these students communicate with each other, the more they will understand each other, and hopefully, the more they will get along. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Collaboration Intro <ul><li>Collaborative groups can be organized by skill sets. </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative groups can be organized to incorporate individuals who do or may work well together. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Collaborative Groups <ul><li>Students who may not be motivated to work on their own may often thrive in collaborative groups. </li></ul><ul><li>Students will be encouraged to complete their tasks by other group members. </li></ul><ul><li>A group of students can accomplish a large amount of work over a few days, as opposed to lesser amounts of work or large amounts of time needed for tasks. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Collaboration <ul><li>Collaboration can be utilized for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Any assignment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Any content area </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Any classroom setting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Any group of students </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Collaboration related to transition. <ul><li>After high school, students will need to collaborate with others in their work places. </li></ul><ul><li>Class collaboration is a very good opportunity for students to learn how to work with others. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Peer Tutoring <ul><li>Peer tutoring is a great activity for communication and collaboration. </li></ul><ul><li>Partner students whose ability levels are close enough that their work is not too far apart. </li></ul><ul><li>Both students benefit, especially the one tutoring! </li></ul>
  11. 11. Peer Tutoring <ul><li>Bell curves of abilities are pretty standard. </li></ul><ul><li>There will be a higher achiever in each group. </li></ul><ul><li>This person will often be glad to work with students who may not achieve as highly. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Flexible Grouping <ul><li>Flexible grouping is very expedient. </li></ul><ul><li>Some groups may work well for some tasks. </li></ul><ul><li>Other groups may work well for others. </li></ul><ul><li>The point of collaboration is to enhance classroom efficiency. </li></ul><ul><li>Changing groups when applicable allows this proficiency to be enhanced. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Flexible Grouping <ul><li>Remember! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In education, (especially secondary special education): </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Always have a detailed and ready plan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be ready to toss out that plan in place of something else more productive at a moment’s notice! </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Communication <ul><li>Some students who have special needs may not communicate that they need assistance with an assignment. </li></ul><ul><li>If groups are already in place, it will be much easier for students to work together. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Communication <ul><li>There are times when students misbehave because they are having a challenge with an assignment. </li></ul><ul><li>If this challenge is able to be communicated early, misbehavior may be prevented. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Communication and Transition <ul><li>Students will need proficient skills in communication for post secondary success. </li></ul><ul><li>Skills in communication will enable students to thrive in both post secondary educational and professional environments. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Communication <ul><li>Communication lends to a better classroom environment. </li></ul><ul><li>Through communicating, students can share the knowledge they have with other students. </li></ul><ul><li>Communication lends to a sense of community. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Collaboration and Communication <ul><li>A couple points to consider: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How are communication and collaboration related? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How do communication and collaboration differ? </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Collaboration Across Contents <ul><li>Why not move “outside of the box” and collaborate across content areas with other teachers? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You can integrate other contents into your classroom activities! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You can collaborate with other teachers or departments for specific projects. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The sky is the limit! </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Further questions? <ul><li>If you have any specific questions about collaboration or communication for high school students, feel free to e-mail: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Thank you! </li></ul>

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