"The strength of the team is each individual member.
The strength of each member is the team."
- Phil Jackson
The development of a network of collaborative learning teams within you classroom can create an educational environment where the responsibility for learning lies upon both the students and teacher who comprise that leaning community.
Learners learn by teaching one another. When students teach one another they take ownership of the material by passing it along they actually make it part of themselves.
The process of teaching one another is by its very nature active learning. Student engagement increases the opportunities to learn.
The saying goes that "Two heads are better than one." Sharing knowledge creates opportunities for more ideas, alternate approaches, increased possibilites and new perspectives.
Students who have difficulty in the larger classroom may find comfort in smaller groups. This provides avenues for increased communication and the unleashing of ideas that may never be shared in a larger group setting.
Collaboration brings about an ease and comfort that encourages further attendance in the class as interdependence breeds both responsibility and commraderie.
Although the goal is increased learning for all, the idea of positive competition among smaller groups may lead to greater problem solving success.
Collaboration encourages the development of leadership skills.
Students who work in groups learn to delegate tasks to maximize group success.
Collaboration increases the development of time mangement skills.
"Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success."
- Henry Ford