Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

My Best Lesson - Collaborative Learning Is Only a Marker Pen Away

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

My Best Lesson - Collaborative Learning Is Only a Marker Pen Away

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I have recently started using a new learning strategy for my chemistry classes that I picked up on Twitter via the hashtag #modchem. (I highly recommend checking out the conversations that use this hashtag as they are always really helpful.)

The strategy is called "whiteboarding". Essentially it involves students writing on whiteboards while working in groups - solving problems or drawing graphs and diagrams together. It is a fantastic way of engineering collaborative learning and I have adapted it slightly for my own classroom.

First, set up groups of students and get them to sit at lab tables. If you can, give a whiteboard to each group. If you don't have the resources for this, hand out neon whiteboard markers so that the students can instead draw directly on the table.

One student takes the marker pen and begins working on the problem assigned with the help of his or her peers. The students are encouraged to work together and discuss the right answer or process while the "scribe" notes everything down on the desk. …

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