Why Collaborative Classrooms are Important

In today’s world, students need to learn how to collaborate to succeed in college and beyond. Teachers are no longer in the front of the classroom lecturing students. Collaborative designs are flexible and fully compatible.

What does a collaborative classroom look like?

The big emphasis of collaborative classrooms is group work. Tables enable small groups to work together. Each group has internet access, multimedia displays, and collaboration software so they can work together and interact on their devices in real time. Typically, there is a large screen for groups to display their work for the whole class to see. Teachers have an instructor station which can be mobile allowing instruction from anywhere in the classroom.

Collaborative spaces provide more than skills students need to succeed, they also keep students’ attention. Having movement throughout the day keeps students alert and engaged in what they are learning.

Source: Extreme, THE Journal

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