Assemble the Project

  • TEACHER COLLABORATIVE GROUPS:Teachers can share some of the different tools that they have used for the project. They might teach the others in the group how they work or how they used it for the project. They might also share some of the strategies they have used to ensure that the students stick to their timelines, how they have allowed time for students to complete the work, and how they have organized practice presentations.

  • TEACHER/STUDENT COLLABORATIVE GROUPS IN THE CLASSROOM: The final product of a collaborative project can vary from simple words and pictures on posters to multi-media projects that are posted on the computer or are presented to the class via an LCD projector. Students should be encouraged to assemble the different parts of their project well in advance of their completion date so that they can evaluate what needs to be done to reach their final goal. It is at this time that the teacher might need to provide support and extra help to some sub-groups who might not have been able to complete certain aspects of the project within a reasonable time limit.

  • STRATEGIES: Setting a series of "target dates" for a trial presentation can encourage the students to "get it done". Setting a flexibe timeline for the project can help the students monitor their progress while allowing them some room to solve some of the inevitable problems that arise in collaborative projects.

  • EXAMPLES OF WHEN/HOW YOU WOULD USE THIS: Establishing a "trial presentation period" reminds students of the target end dates for the project and provides some flexibility for goups that may be having difficulty meeting them. Scheduling times when the groups can use speciific types of equipment can also prompt them to get things done and facilitate the efficient use of the available equipment.

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