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Grades 3 - 4 - 5

Planet Pineapple

Planet PineappleAgreement

  • We are a community of sharing.
  • This is a judgment-free, supportive space.
  • We transform learning into action.

How do we develop effective collaboration?

How can learners collaborate?

Welcome back to Planet Pineapple!

November 17, 2023

Collaborative Learning

Knight, J. (2013). High-Impact Instruction: A Framework for Great Teaching

Why Use Collaborative Learning?

  • Allows for collaborative construction of knowledge.
  • Develops communication skills.
  • Prepares for life after school.
  • Encourages student engagement.
  • Facilitates formative assessment.
  • Facilitates differentiated instruction.


Effective collaboration takes time. It doesn't have to happen everyday, but when it does, it should be consistent so that once learners know the routine and expectations, their learning can become the focus.


Adjust when needed

Revisit expectations

Include learners' input

Becoming Routine

Be consistent

Reinforce expectations


Starting Out

Simple, quick, & fun

Model expectations

Include everyone



Vernon, S. (1996). The Score Skills: Social Skills for Cooperative Groups.

How did your team score?

Exercise self-control

Recommend changes nicely

Offer help & encouragement

Compliment others

Listen to each other

Share ideas

Take turns

When it comes to collaboration, learners are doing the thinking, talking, and doing together. The teacher supports from the side.

Collaboration Considerations

With New Padlet Features

Breakout OpportunityThis or That

Let's compile ideas, tips, and resources for collaborative learning.


Spend some time interacting with the Padlet.Share what you can. Ask for what you need.We are here to support each other!

Small-group professional learning opportunity starting in January: thinking routines

Let's Plan Worthwhile Opportunities






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Reminders help.

Are learners consistently demonstrating the expectations? Discuss what you and they are noticing.

can learners restate the expectations?

Use a visual reminder of the expectations each time you use the routine.

Can everyone participate?

Look for creative ways to equip and encourage all learners to engage. Monitor participation.

Start off on the right foot.

Plan carefully but keep the task fun and easy for any learner to respond to.

If something isn't working, fix it.

If a routine isn't producing the desired learning outcome, even with practice, adjust it.

A great title

Contextualize your topicwith a subtitle

What do learners think?

They are the ones doing the collaboration, after all. What ideas do they have improve it?

How is it going?

Pause every so often to discuss with learners how collaboration is going.

Do they know what to do?

Model it explicitly. Practice together. Provide a visual.

Stick with it.

A single well-practiced routine will be more effective than numerous half-developed attempts.A routine will get better with consistency.

One time our car got a flat tire!

It reminds me of the time my bike got a flat tire and I had to walk it home.

Practice taking turns and listening.*Idea - Pose a discussion question. Have learners think, then group in breakout rooms for a few minutes to share their responses, and return to share what their partners told them.

Explicitly teach and practice the behaviors you want to see when learners collaborate.
Collaboration can happen in whole-group, small-group, and breakout room settings.Start simple and add on as learners get better at collaborating.