Current Issues

Why do teachers ask questions?


Do you ask your students questions? Do you ask yourself questions? Is this an important part of the teaching and learning process? Why? These are the first questions we want to explore in this series of posts. Research has shown that asking questions is a very important tool in developing problem solving and critical...

Collaboration

Teacher-Teacher Professional Collaboration


Many of us see the benefits of collaboration in the classroom and desire to see our students develop cooperative attitudes and skills… but what about in the staff room?  Is your school a place where teachers work together, sharing resources and providing feedback to each other to improve our practice?  Are...

Collaboration

Collaborative Learning Strategies


Building collaboration in your classroom could begin with recognizing that some of the tasks you already ask your students to engage in could be done collaboratively.  Solving a problem, practicing a skill, evaluating an idea or creating a product can all be done as collaborative activities.  Deciding how to...

Collaboration

The Benefits of Collaborative Learning


In my previous post I started a discussion about “what is collaborative learning?”.  A related question to ask is “why should we use collaborative learning strategies in our classrooms”?  In other words, do collaborative learning strategies improve student outcomes in ways that would not be possible without them? Here...