Collaboration in the Classroom
American history isn’t always easy to connect with the world of work, so I attempt to connect classroom procedures or situations instead. When my students walk into the room and see that their desks are separated they know that they are in “private offices,” which means they will be in a testing or working situation that requires total independence and no interaction with others.
When assigning partners or group work, I spend time talking about how they would act in the workplace when asked by their boss to do a group project or presentation with other employees. If an employee is absent or “out sick,” the other members of the group are expected to pick up the slack and still complete the project on time. Bosses expect their employees to work with those they like and those they dislike.
I believe these situations make my students think about their performance in the classroom.