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Ch 1: Collaborative Discussions: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.7.1

About This Chapter

By supplementing your lesson plans with this chapter, you can meet the requirements for the Common Core and teach your 7th grade class about the different types of collaborative discussions. Also provided are suggestions on how to use these lessons in your classroom and how to determine when your students have fully understood these concepts.

Standard: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly. (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.7.1)

About This Chapter

Your students will learn to understand collaborative discussions by studying the different types, strategies and barriers to effective communication. Students will be able to effectively communicate in the classroom and recognize the elements that go into the communication process. Your students will learn:

  • Cooperative and collaborative learning in the classroom
  • Collaborative teaching models and strategies
  • The definition, process and importance of communication
  • Ineffective group communication
  • Oral, nonverbal and one-way communication
  • Barriers to effective listening in groups

You'll know your students have fully grasped these concepts when they can have productive and effective classroom communications and properly communicate ideas in group and one-on-one settings.

How to Use These Lessons in Your Classroom

These video lessons can easily be incorporated into your classroom. Here are a few suggestions on how you may want to use them in your daily lesson plans.

Hold a Video-Screening Review Session After School

If some students are falling behind and time permits, you can schedule a review session after school to screen the chapter's video lessons and discuss the key concepts. The engaging video lessons convey the subject matter in a short and to-the-point way, which can be beneficial for students who need to catch up.

Assign Lessons and Quizzes for Homework

Assigning lessons can be a great way to reinforce the day's concepts. Students can watch a video for homework and complete the accompanying quiz to make sure they are up to speed.

Stage Different Types of Communication Scenarios

After watching a video lesson, have the class break up into groups and have them act out the lesson's communication concepts, critiquing as you observe the students' understanding.

12 Lessons in Chapter 1: Collaborative Discussions: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.7.1
Cooperative and Collaborative Learning in the Classroom

1. Cooperative and Collaborative Learning in the Classroom

It's extremely common for teachers to require students to work in groups. However, certain types of groups and activities are preferred over others. In this lesson, we define cooperative learning and discuss its advantages in the classroom. We also define collaborative learning and explain how it is different than cooperative learning.

Collaborative Team Teaching Models & Strategies

2. Collaborative Team Teaching Models & Strategies

Many schools are using team teaching in order to support the needs of a variety of students. This lesson will introduce you to the various models of team teaching as well as strategies to support a successful partnership.

Communicating in Team-Based Organizations

3. Communicating in Team-Based Organizations

The key to successful teams is the ability to communicate effectively. All business teams must learn to communicate, listen, ask questions and offer feedback.

What is Communication? - Definition & Importance

4. What is Communication? - Definition & Importance

Any task or transaction that requires more than one person can only be successfully completed with communication. In this lesson, you'll learn what communication is, types of communication and the importance of communication.

The Communication Process

5. The Communication Process

This lesson describes the process of communication. Terms such as sender, receiver, channel, encoding, decoding, noise, and feedback will be defined and explained with examples.

Oral Communication: Definition, Types & Advantages

6. Oral Communication: Definition, Types & Advantages

Oral communication is the process of expressing information or ideas by word of mouth. Learn more about the types and benefits of oral communication, and find out how you can improve your own oral communication abilities.

One-Way Communication: Definition, Advantages & Examples

7. One-Way Communication: Definition, Advantages & Examples

Communication involves the transfer of information from one party to another. This lesson discusses one-way communication and its advantages and applications.

How Perception Influences the Communication Process

8. How Perception Influences the Communication Process

Perception's effect on the communication process is all about how the same message can be interpreted differently by different people. Distortions, such as stereotypes, projections and halo effects, all affect worker relationships and productivity.

Ineffective Group Communication in Groups

9. Ineffective Group Communication in Groups

Ineffective group communication can dramatically impact the productivity and workplace success of a company. There are five factors that need to be addressed in order for groups to work together effectively.

Understanding the Nonverbal Communication of Group Members

10. Understanding the Nonverbal Communication of Group Members

Nonverbal communication can be difficult to comprehend in group business environment. Subtle cues are often missed, which can easily have verbal messages misunderstood. There are five key functions of nonverbal communication that can help identify potential issues in communication.

Improving Communication Skills: Self-Disclosure, Listening & Non-Verbal Communication

11. Improving Communication Skills: Self-Disclosure, Listening & Non-Verbal Communication

Self-disclosure, listening, and nonverbal communication are three important conversation strategies people use. This lesson will discuss what they are, how they may be interpreted, and some tips for improving them.

Barriers to Effective Listening in Groups

12. Barriers to Effective Listening in Groups

Barriers to effective listening in groups can cause significant workplace issues. Selective listening and selective perception are two type of problems that can impede successful business decisions.

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