LIBERATING COLLABORATION: EMPOWERING STUDENTS AND TEACHERS AT THE INSTITUTE OF ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS
Summer vacation just ended. On August 20, 2018, more than seven million American children return to school for the start of a new academic year, hoping to succeed at their new schools. New teachers and students are discovering each other for the first time and will make a world of difference for students’ academic development. How can the new school year be an adjustment for students and educators alike?
Students and teachers need to build a bond early on by actively pursuing collaboration. Other school leaders may view collaborative learning as a necessary risk. Will collaborative learning work for an after-school sport team, or on the school newspaper? Although there are many school-based and non-school settings where collaborative learning is already happening successfully, opportunities in classrooms, labs, and labs need to be evaluated. Sustainability of collaboration needs to be judged in terms of student and teacher learning, safety, responsibility for outcomes, and practices. Join us as we discuss how teachers can best establish and sustain collaborative learning in their classrooms on August 28 during the second annual LEADing with Learning On The First Day Of School.
Thanks to the close collaboration of the Education and Engineering Departments, University of Rochester, and a grant from the New York State Council of the Arts, we are delighted to showcase some of our 2018-2019 Faculty Collaborative Workshops. These free workshops have already been well received by educators across the state. The sessions will explore topics such as: How to walk in a school through learning on the first day of school; how to design the right model for collaborative learning in high school science classrooms; inclusive innovative, innovative strategic planning; and more.
Check out the website for updated dates and further details about all sessions.
We are a like-minded group of faculty, staff, and students from the University of Rochester who work to open innovative paths of learning for students through critical thinking, critical inquiry, and problem solving, and build respect for diversity, inclusion, and community. Together, we have proposed “13 Things We Know: A Fundamentals of Collaborative Learning Session”, to equip educators with strategies to create experiences of community as co-creators and authors of learning in their classrooms, and students with strategies to engage peers in exciting ways. We hope to hear from you as we continue to develop this session and to share these strategies and lessons with the rest of our own experiences and others throughout the state.