Student productivity should not be confused with productivity as a person might normally think of it in the context of economic activity. Ultimately, student productivity will guide students to ask more questions. It's similar to high-quality research. Good quality research leads to more questions, because knowledge is discovered or created, and leads to further questions of improvement and progress. Student productivity is no different. Student collaboration leads to accomplishment and increased inquiry, which is productive. Productivity increases inquiry, collaboration and problem solving. Productivity is never the end. It is just the beginning.
through publication and
projects to solve problems, design solutions.
Figure 4.4 Student productivity
Student collaboration has the potential to dramatically increase student learning. Student collaboration has been linked to increasing students' ability to think critically, and to increased interest and motivation (Mosley et al., 2016). In collaboration students develop a positive demeanor toward
Students collaborate to produce, publish and present quality work individually, within flexible groups and with partners.
Figure 4.5 Student collaboration
Students investigate, research, communicate results, solve problems and design solutions in teams, meeting goals and learning objectives.
each other and to academics, and try harder (Roseth et al., 2008). Student collaboration and true engagement are linked. Students that collaborate are more engaged, care about their learning more and are motivated to grow as learners. When students are engaged in collaborative efforts they find it easier to progress through difficult tasks and learn in a supportive environment (Jansen, 2012).
The benefits of productive student collaboration are endless. By focusing on what the students are doing, principals, through the facilitation of collaborative teams, can encourage collaboration with teachers around the best possible way to engage the students that they serve.
The ability to influence positive relationships with students and amongst students is absolutely critical for effective teaching and learning to occur. Teachers that are effective have students that respect the teacher and each other. Students are invested in the success of the classroom as a unit. Fear of failure is driven out of the room and students feel safe. There is genuine love and care for all persons in the classroom community.
Students do not fear failure or "being wrong".
Figure 4.6 Positive relationships