Date
20 November 2019

Organise a collaborative environment

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘ Facilitate collaborative learning’

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Provide flexible learning spaces

Provide flexible learning spaces

Organise the classroom to support your students’ learning and social needs.

Provide a range of spaces for different types of activities.

Facilitate a positive environment

Facilitate a positive environment

Create a warm classroom climate to facilitate positive learning and social behaviours.

  • Set clear boundaries and high standards and expectations.
  • Be fair.
  • Be aware of, acknowledge, and label your own feelings.
  • Acknowledge and affirm students’ feelings.
  • Talk through emotional situations.
  • View emotional events as “teachable moments.”
  • Avoid punitive tactics, put-downs, sarcasm and criticism – specify the positive alternatives.
  • Be self-accepting, confident, and secure.
  • Remain calm – your emotional state is mirrored by students.
  • Develop student supports.
  • Accept and empathise with students’ feelings
  • Listen with interest.

Source: Warming the emotional climate of the primary school classroom (opens in a new tab/window)

Consider classroom layout

Consider classroom layout

Design your classroom layout to support students with varying learning needs and preferences in their collaboration. 

  • choose a flexible layout that adapts to the learner, rather than limiting the learner
  • offer seating patterns, configurations, and spaces to facilitate social exchanges among students alongside quiet reflection time
  • provide a variety of technologies to support participation, communication, and collaboration 
  • use visual supports such as timers, visual displays, and graphic organisers to support self management
  • provide different types of furniture to support students’ varying physical needs and preferences (for example, wobbly stools for students who move to concentrate).

Open flexible spaces

Open flexible spaces

In this section of a longer video, teachers and students from Albany Senior High School describe how their spaces enable differentiated learning.

Support student preferences

Support student preferences

Encourage students to utilise all the spaces in the classroom to support their collaboration.

Useful resources

Useful resources

Website

Building an inclusive classroom culture

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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Website

EDtalks: Modern learning environment

Publisher: CORE Education

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Innovative learning environments CORE white paper

Learning environments, belonging and inclusion

Read time: 14 min

Publisher: CORE Education

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “ Facilitate collaborative learning”:

Return to the guide “Supporting positive peer relationships”

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