Collaborative learning: fostering positive interdependence

As a general aspect of my teaching practice, I group the students in the class into teams and let them work within the same team for one semester. The idea is to put together kids with various abilities, needs, and temperaments in an effort to encourage and support their collaborative learning through interaction and interdependence. … Continue reading Collaborative learning: fostering positive interdependence

Our Most Treasured Memories

Our last Show and Tell was about everyone's most treasured memories. As a warm up, in our third semester we formed teams according to the class each one of us enjoyed the most - Caterpillars, Ladybugs, Honeybees, or Butterflies. We made posters reminiscing the things we have done in the course of the past three … Continue reading Our Most Treasured Memories

‘A Year in Perspective’ Training

While I was planning for the year-end reflection training, I was reading the book The Art of Coaching Teams: Building Resilient Communities That Transform Schools by Elena Aguilar. The book is a great source of team-building ideas and it did help inform some of the activities for the training I planned and implemented. I recommend … Continue reading ‘A Year in Perspective’ Training