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Group Collaboration Produces Surprising Sources

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Molly Stabler’s honors English students at Thornapple Kellogg High School in Middleville, Michigan recently found out how “innovation, collaboration, reading, language and writing all can be taught in a single project.” School News Network highlights how Stabler assigned her class to groups of 3-4 students, who then had to “agree on a Common Core skill they wanted to show” in their final project, focused on one of four pieces of literature: “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck; “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry; “To a Mouse” by Robert Burns; or “Harlem” by Langston Hughes. (So much for those who say high standards are leaving the classics behind!) Stabler, who often encourages her students to think outside of the box, said the group assignment keeps students engaged and prepares them for future career settings. “Projects like this better prepare students for the future. When you’re in a job, you have to learn to get along with people and your boss. They don’t know what job they’ll have to do, but they will have to be innovative and creative.” Stabler’s students are seeing once again, how high standards can create even more creative approaches to student learning.  

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