Collaborative Work

Digital Teacher Guide

Collaborative Work: Best Practices for Effective Student Interactions provides a comprehensive look at how to set up, monitor, and assess collaborative groups and partner work. Teachers grades 6-12 will find many useful tips, tricks, and practical methods for facilitating group work. The first three chapters guide teachers through the planning process. The middle of the guide offers a series of chapters that help classroom teachers implement effective student interactions. The final two chapters focus on technology and how mobile devices and laptops can be used to enhance and transform collaborative work.


1. LiteracyTA's Interactive Guides
Learn about LiteracyTA's interactive digital guides.

2. Pre-Assessment
Use this pre-assessment to reflect on the collaborative work in your classroom.

3. Planning and Goal Setting
Use practical planning tools to set goals and monitor student growth.

4. Aligning Tasks to Standards
Explore ways LiteracyTA can support the teaching of speaking and listening standards.

5. Start Right Away
Learn practical ways to get started with collaborative work.

6. Transition Time Hurts
Explore the dangers of transition time and get practical tips that help students move in and out of small groups efficiently.

7. Power of Pair Share
Learn how pair-share and partner work can support all learners.

8. Managing Groups
Learn how to facilitate high functioning groups in class.

9. Strategic Grouping
Learn how to group students to improve group dynamics and increase productivity.

10. Random is fun!
Learn how to randomly group students with LiteracyTA's Collaborate tool and other "randomizing" strategies.

11. 5 Grading Strategies
Learn 5 great ways to assess and evaluate student interactions.

12. Blended Learning with Stations
Use three stations in a classroom to create opportunities for students to work independently, collaboratively, and online.

13. Collaborating Online with Google
Explore how Google makes it easy for students to collaborate online.

Product Details

  • Classroom tested strategies.
  • Practical ideas for facilitating group work.
  • Tips and resources for blended learning.
  • Assessment tools for partner and group work.
  • Friendly, interactive reading experience.

LiteracyTA's Digital Teacher Guides

We have compiled some of the best teaching methods and classroom practices into digital teacher guides, giving teachers access to practical skills, powerful teaching methodology, and rich conversations that focus on improving student achievement.

Educators enjoy reading our digital guides because they always find something they can use. There are handfuls of great activities, handouts, classroom resources and ideas--and every once in a while, nuggets of inspiration.

LiteracyTA's interactive teaching guides help transform classrooms and raise student achievement by putting effective teaching practices into action.

How to use it

Our digital teacher guides are easy to use. Click on a chapter and start learning.

What makes this interactive?

Our interactive teacher guides offer a multimodal reading and learning experience. Built with visuals, Google Slides, Google Docs, webpages, videos, and links to classroom ready documents, chapters provide a wide range of interaction to enhance learning and add a little fun.

Our toolbar, located on the right side of the page, opens and closes with a click of a button. In the toolbar, teachers can select a chapter, take a quick tutorial, return to the beginning of the guide, and add digital sticky notes. To close the toolbar, click on the outer edge and the toolbar will slide to the right, creating a larger reading space.

Our digital sticky notes provide the highest level of interaction. Readers can create sticky notes and drag them onto the webpage. The sticky notes save every 1-2 seconds (depending on the strength of your Internet connection). You will see lines flash over the note as it saves. Readers can go back to their notes, add and delete ideas, and move them around as needed. We know teachers! And we know they like their sticky notes. Welcome to LiteracyTA's interactive reading guides!

What device do I need?

You can read our digital guides on any device, anywhere! Since they are stored in your LiteracyTA account, all you need to do is log in, click on your book, and start learning.

Interested in Professional Development?

In addition to the support, classroom-ready lessons, and practical teaching strategies that are available in Collaborative Work, we offer a two day workshop that helps teachers put into practice effective student interactions. The digital teacher guide paired with our engaging workshop is a great way to ensure collaborative work happens in every classroom.
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