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How to make learning more collaborative

As several schools re-open across Asia, Australia and Europe with new social distancing rules, it might seem odd that we are discussing ‘collaborative’ learning as a post Co-Vid 19 student-centered learning shift.

And while collaboration may look different than it has in the past, we can’t create a community of problem solvers without it.

With smaller class sizes in a blended model, as faciliators of learning, we will have the unprecedented opportunity to help students collaborate across subjects, grade levels, content area, and in a blended remote/ physical space to solve major problems.

Imagine your students re-imagining space exploration through building Mars Rovers and creative startups.

I sat down with expert collaborator and Associate Division Head Kristin Damberger ( at Avenues School in Sao Paolo to learn more about how she uses projects like these to foster increased collaboration between students and teachers. In our short interview, you will learn how to:

  • Collaborate seamlessly across subject areas through a simple 5 minute conversation

  • Teach less and have students learn more

  • Use simple collaborative processes and protocols to help students manage their own groups

  • How to ‘take off the subject teacher hat’ and become a ‘designer of experience’

  • Make students accountable first to their peers

  • Create a culture where learning is a conversation, not an assessment

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Kyle Wagner
School Transformation and Project- Based Learning Coach

I coach school leaders on how to lead change and improve student learning through simple, innovative srategies and teaming structures.

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