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Facilitating shared learning

Shared learning involves students working co-operatively and collaboratively (BES, pp. 64-65, PDF 794KB) with one another to build language and understanding.

Examples of activities that facilitate shared learning:

  • students working in groups
  • Think/pair/share
  • "Can you use Sarah’s method to solve this problem?"
  • appropriate groupings of students
  • learning conversations
  • thinking groups
  • shaping mathematical and statistical language
  • six bit problems, for example, Get it together – EQUALS
  • language activities, for example, Cooperative Mathematics, Level 7 and 8, R McIntyre.

Specific activities

Further information

  • EQUALS. (1989). Get it together. Berkely, California: Lawrence Hall of Science. 
  • McIntyre, R. (1994) Cooperative mathematics for level seven. Auckland, New Zealand: Longman Paul.
  • McIntyre, R. (1995) Cooperative mathematics for level eight. Masterton, New Zealand: Wairarapa Education Resource Centre.

Last updated July 30, 2015