Earlier today in #edchat someone mentioned PLNs for elementary schoolers. My thoughts: You can not create a PLN for someone. Therefore, there is a practical matter involved with setting up that kind of complex network for a second grader. Furthermore, few elementary schoolers have the experience let alone the conceptual understanding of what a network really is and how best to navigate through one; fact is relatively few teachers do. But, the question gets to a bigger issue that I think is extremely relevant.
And that is the issue of collaboration.
What a great read. The author makes some really great points about how underprepared high schoolers are for collaborative group work, as well as why that may be.
There’s also a great, if at times lofty, five step plan for addressing this issue in school. I especially loved #4. You’ll have to click through to find out what that was, however.
With this post on group work making the rounds, I wanted to ask how some of you set up activities to make every group member accountable. I feel like I hear so many horror stories, usually from the “smart kid” who ends up doing everyone’s work because they actually care about their grade. What systems of accountability do you use?