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Response: ‘Maximizing Student Learning Gained Through Collaboration’

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How can teachers maximize student learning gained by group work?

At Roebuck Elementary School in Spartanburg School District 6 in South Carolina, cooperative learning is an essential component to every major learning structure we implement. Whether it is reading and writing workshop, STEAM challenges, or project-based-learning units of study, our students benefit from learning together. All too often in public education, group work has a stigma, where one person gets stuck with the majority of the work while others use it as an opportunity to slack off. We want our students to have formative experiences with group work that provide opportunities for them to understand that collaboration is a tool for learning and a benefit that expands their thinking, not a hindrance.………….