The Importance of a “Collaboration Station” in Early Childhood Education
There is no more entertaining and effective way for young students to learn and develop new skills than participating in a collaborative project!
Working together with their peers in a safe environment, following their teacher’s instructions in completing a project or performance task can significantly increase their motivation and productivity while developing their social skills. Students practice in a much more engaging way than sitting alone quietly and filling out worksheets. Collaboration allows them to learn from each other. Research has shown that students’ learning can be significantly increased through peer interaction and collaborative problem-solving.
Before setting up the groups, it is important to identify the learning level of each student. Determine which students are confident with the skill that will be performed, which ones just need some more practice, and which ones are struggling with it. This will help you create groupings that will work well together. Students with advanced skills can assist struggling students with your appropriate interventions, guidance, and instructions throughout the whole process. Initially, you or a paraprofessional can sit with the students to train them on the expectations for collaborative play. Eventually, students will learn to play together with minimal adult guidance allowing for you to rotate to supervise other stations in the classroom.
Kinems offers a wide variety of printable resources for collaborative practice in several concepts of Math and ELA!
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"Collaboration Station" is part of Kinems' Whole Child Approach, that goes beyond academic success to the holistic development of the child.
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