In The Power of We: Creating Positive and Collaborative Classroom Communities (2018), Ron Nash explores the big ideas of reinventing your instructional techniques in order to rediscover your love of teaching and keep up with the interpersonal skills children need to learn in the twenty-first century. These social skills are essential to working, living, and communicating—and there’s no better way to teach them than collaborative learning.
And What About You? Getting Started with Interactive Pairs and Small Groups in Classrooms serves as a supplemental guide to The Power of We, providing the concrete steps and process considerations that make implementing interactive techniques in your classroom easy and practical. Through personal experience and expert research, Nash provides the essential guide for those teachers who don’t know where to begin or feel like group work could never work in their classroom.
When teachers are willing to learn, and students are empowered to teach, the result is an extraordinary source of renewable energy for your classroom. Change can be difficult, but stagnation is unacceptable. The techniques outlined in this guide have transformed the classrooms of teachers all over the world—and what about you?