What Is a Collaborative Classroom?

The Collaborative Classroom is a model that honors all teachers and supports all students with intentional, field-tested practices that create safe environments. In Collaborative Classrooms, teachers facilitate an authentic exchange of ideas and children learn to become caring, principled people as well as thoughtful, disciplined learners. Teachers who use the Collaborative Classroom model make an intentional shift from having a classroom where they do the majority of the talking to constructing a learning situation and then facilitating it through student thinking and talking.

The Core Principles of the Collaborative Classroom

  • Social and academic curricula are interdependent and integrated.
  • Fostering caring relationships and building inclusive and safe environments are foundational practices for both the student and adult learning community.
  • Classroom learning experiences should be built around students’ constructing knowledge and engaging in action.
  • Honoring and building on students’ intrinsic motivation leads to engagement and achievement.

To learn more about the Collaborative Classroom model, download our white paper on the Collaborative Classroom Core Principles or visit the resource site Inside the Collaborative Classroom.

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