Bridge to College 4: Collaboration

Part 4 of a year long series: The first 3 here.

Not a long post today, but its been longer than I’d like between posts. There is a push in Bridge to make sure students have a chance to develop skills that will serve them in life after high school. One of those skills is creating a collaborative peer group to support learning in college or the ability to work on a team.

Students were asked to think back to a successful group they’d been apart so far this year and brainstorm why they though it worked. They shared those out and are in blue on the poster below. They also had to think to when their group struggled or weren’t as successful and what might have been the reason. When we shared those answers, they had to come up with a solution or the opposite positive of the issue. Those are in green on the poster. When they work in groups and are giving self-reflections or if I’m giving feedback we reference the poster. “We compared ideas and strategies at a level 3 today, but probably told instead of helped when someone got stuck. I’d give us a 2 there today.” “I saw you guys justifying your work and providing constructive criticism! Be mindful of where your whole group is pace-wise though.” It was their words and their ideas. Harder to argue about cell phone use when they said it was impeding their learning. 

They took climate surveys at the beginning of the class and will be taking them again soon. I’m interested to see the results.

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