Other Cultivated Sets

Summer Course 2018: Architecture of Authentic and Relevant Learning - Collaboration

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Teacher Quality Standards

  • QS I: Teachers demonstrate mastery of and pedagogical expertise in the content they teach.
    • Element A: Teachers provide instruction that is aligned with the Colorado Academic Standards and their district’s organized plan of instruction.
    • Element C: Teachers demonstrate knowledge of the content, central concepts, inquiry, appropriate evidence-based instructional practices, and specialized characteristics of the disciplines being taught.
  • QS III: Teachers plan and deliver effective instruction and create an environment that facilitates learning for their students.
    • Element D: Teachers establish and communicate high expectations and use processes to support the development of critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.

This cultivated set describes elements of authentic and relevant learning that highlight student collaboration.  The first three resources are theoretical in nature, while the remaining resources demonstrate practical examples. 


This article from Educational Leadership describes five key practices that make cooperative learning effective.

This article discusses the value of and methods to apply Socratic questioning. The art of Socratic questioning is important for the critical thinker because the art of questioning is important to excellence of thought. What the word ‘Socratic’ adds is “systematicity”, “depth”, and a keen interest in assessing the truth or plausibility of things. There are specific strategies to aid in lesson planning as well as student-teacher discussion examples.

This article examines how to encourage and structure student-to-student discourse. 

This video follows an eighth-grade science class as they "refine understanding of scientific concepts through small group and whole class discussions."

This Edutopia article shares how teachers can move towards "creating and implementing effective Socratic seminars is a multistep process that includes building a classroom community, instilling communication skills, and devising meaningful, reflective assessment protocols."

Second-grade teacher, Kristi Leader, shares her strategies for effectively conducting a Socratic Seminar with her students. In this almost 9-minute video, she shares the necessary scaffolding, classroom environment, and management strategies that need to be in place before engaging her students in this rich form of discourse. 

This post provides a list of discussion strategies complete with links to videos showing classroom examples of each strategy.


Watch 8th grade students work in small groups to analyze student work samples.

This video highlights teacher Becki Cope's use of cooperative groups during a science lesson.

This reference sheet provides examples of structures that can be used to facilitate student interaction and collaboration.

This video shows a class discussion in which students are analyzing text and posing questions to enhance understanding. Students cite text evidence to support their answers.