DIFFERENTATION THROUGH COLLABORATION
differentiate tasks within a group by complexity and/or quantity
provide scaffolds as needed for students within the context of the group
match tasks to just a bit above students’ readiness level.
Although tasks can differ in depth and complexity, each person’s task is essential to the success of the group.
All students are engaged in learning activities that are relevant and interesting.
Cooperative and collaborative learning is based on flexible heterogeneous groupings.
Ability groups can be formed as needed, e.g. in a jigsaw activity a group of students might work with a teacher to prepare the information they will share when they return to their respective home groups.
Many collaborative activities involve student choice.
Group investigation is a cooperative learning activity in which students form interest groups based on what they want to study, plan how to research their topic and present their findings to the class.
Assessment for learning
Teachers have many opportunities to gather evidence of thinking and learning when students are working in collaborative groups. Teachers use this information to modify teaching and learning experiences while students are in the process of learning.