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Watch the activity overview video

This video shows staff facilitating the activity featured in the skill video.
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As you watch the skill video below, think about these questions:

What does the staff do to give the group direction? (0:26)

What strategies do you see that encourage group interaction? (0:44-0:53)

How do you describe what you see in this interaction between Staff and youth? (0:54 - 0:58)

How does Staff model good collaborative group practices? (1:04 - 1:19)

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Watch the skill video

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Now that you've watched the video, reflect on what you saw and post your responses.

What are important strategies youth need to know in order to work together collaboratively?
Shanon Valenzuela's picture
Encouraging the youth to understand that each group member's ideas are just as important as their own and that they have to be open to suggestions and be willing to accept suggestions and criticism so that they can successfully tackle the objectives of the project.
What are roadblocks youth can hit when they don't know how to work together collaboratively during STEM?
Shanon Valenzuela's picture
Disengagement from group members, especially when one group member is controlling the situation and dictating the course of the the project, reluctance from the less vocal group members where they feel their ideas may not be good enough, dissatisfaction with the end product due to the lack of positive collaboration efforts.
What did you like about how staff modeled working together in groups during STEM?  What would you do differently?
Shanon Valenzuela's picture
The staff used open-ended questions to engage the quieter group members and asking them for their opinions? The staff made it a point that they needed to collaborate together and everyone's ideas should be heard. I would maybe re-arrange the groups and try to put the less vocal students together so that they may be more inclined to share their ideas.

Professional Development Resources

Teaming Up for Success

Use this Training guide to help staff be able to effectively facilitate collaborative STEM learning experiences.

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Keep Youth Interacting

Engage youth in STEM learning by effectively collaborating and interacting during STEM learning experiences.
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Watching for Collaboration

Effective coaching starts with observing frontline staff and working together to develop strategies.

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This Meeting Guide includes a hands-on activity to help staff learn the importance of collaboration and how to encourage collaboration during...

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Watching for Best Practice

Use this meeting resource to develop strategies for effective collaboration during STEM activities.

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