Learning Communities Activities

Learning Communities Activities

Building Successful Learning Communities in the Classroom involves a four-step process. Activities are sequenced and carefully adjusted by the teacher throughout the process to bring students to the point that theyare getting along with and working well with their classmates and are willing to take academic risks. The steps and activity types are:

  • Warm-up, Ground Rules, Get to Know You Activities – designed to break the ice and help students get to know each other
  • Deinhibitizer – activities designed to help students become less self-conscience and willing to try things in front of classmates.
  • Trust – activities designed to create trust in and among the students so that they will support each other’s academic efforts and to encourage academic risk-taking.
  • Group Problem-Solving – opportunities for students to work together to solve problems and achieve tasks that they cannot solve or achieve on their own. In this step students learn to work effectively with others and hopefully generalize those skills to situations outside the classroom.

 

Click the buttons in the menu to the left to see examples of the different types of activities.

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