I too have enjoyed the first module. It seemed to pull together all we have been doing in the last few years ie cooperative learning, the Contemporary learning framework and a focus on the learner and the learning. I try to include collaboration in my classroom and agree with Stephanie that in Year 4 it has been more successful with pairs and smaller groups. I believe once the students master these groupings they will be successful in larger groups.
Since changing the classroom environment to a more 21st Century learning space, I've found the students to be much more open to collaboration. I'm more willing to trust them to make choices in their learning and to provide for inquiry and cooperation. I am looking forward to learning not only how to include more collaboration but also to make the classroom ICT rich and connected to the world.
Thanks Cathy - I am so looking forward to seeing your new layout for your yr 4 room - have you any photos? I would love to see them added here in this discussion. Open the 'reply' button to add a new reply to this branch of the conversation and use the 'camera' icon to upload them if you would like.