Date
20 November 2019

Plan opportunities for students to collaborate

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘ Facilitate collaborative learning’

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Collaborative writing tools

Collaborative writing tools

Kieran Moriarty, a teacher at Parkvale Primary School, talks about how his class use Google Docs to write.

What is tuakana-teina?

What is tuakana-teina?

The concept of a tuakana–teina relationship.

The tuakana–teina relationship, an integral part of traditional Māori society, provides a model for buddy systems. An older or more expert tuakana (brother, sister or cousin) helps and guides a younger or less expert teina (originally a younger sibling or cousin of the same gender).

In a learning environment that recognises the value of ako, the tuakana–teina roles may be reversed at any time. For example, the student who yesterday was the expert on te wā and explained the lunar calendar may need to learn from her classmate today about how manaakitanga (hospitality) is practised by the local hapū.

Tuakana-teina in a primary school

Tuakana-teina in a primary school

Using a tuakana-teina approach, the older or more expert tuakana helps and guides the younger or less expert teina.

Offer leadership roles

Offer leadership roles

Identify an activity that a student is good at and enjoys and use this as the basis for a group activity that the student can lead or contribute to.

Encourage teamwork through PE

Encourage teamwork through PE

Social skills and collaborative teamwork are benefits of a balanced physical education programme.

  • Select games that only succeed when a whole team works together, for example, Ants on a log.
  • Organise peer-to-peer support groups or buddies to ensure students needing extra support understand the game rules and their role in the team.
  • Explain behavioral expectations from the beginning with visual supports such as pictures, diagrams, and a clear timetable of events.

Useful resources

Useful resources

Website

20 Collaborative learning tips and strategies for teachers

Publisher: TeachThought

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Effective learning in classrooms

Effective learning in classrooms

Read time: 302 min

Publisher: Paul Chapman Publishing

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Teaching strategies for inclusive classrooms part 1 Cooperative learning

Teaching strategies for inclusive classrooms part 1: Cooperative learning

Read time: 3 min

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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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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