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In Praise of Collaboration

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At NTH@C our work focuses on five learner outcomes: agency, collaboration, knowledge and thinking, oral communication, and written communication. The outcome that has most struck me in the last week is that of collaboration. From the moment learners arrive at school in the morning, to the moment they leave, they are challenged to engage in learning through various methods. At the heart of a number of these methods is the use of collaborative learning structures to strengthen the learning experience.

Cornell University explains collaborative learning:  "Collaborative learning is based on the view that knowledge is a social construct. Collaborative activities are most often based on four principles:The learner or student is the primary focus of instruction.Interaction and "doing" are of primary importanceWorking in groups is an important mode of learning.Structured approaches to developing solutions to real-world problems should be incorporated into learning."
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