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Facilitating Collaborations Among Children

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What's In This Kit?
This training kit is designed to introduce teachers to building collaborative behaviors among children. It contains:

  • Expected training outcomes
  • Preparation instructions
  • Training strategies and tips
  • Implementation steps
  • Follow-up activities for teachers
  • Follow-up activities for administrators/directors
  • A learning assessment
  • A training evaluation/further needs assessment
  • A resource list
  • The article "Facilitating Collaborations Among Children" by Susan Stacey
  • A training certificate to award to teachers for attendance and participation
  • A certificate for the trainer and other presenters

Who's the Target Audience?
The target audience for this kit is intermediate and advanced teachers working with children from ages 3 to 8. Teachers will explore teaching strategies to support collaborations among children.

Teacher Skill Level
beginning intermediate advanced
Children's Age Level
infants toddlers preschoolers school-agers birth to 8

Kit Timeline:
Preparation time for this kit is estimated at 1.5 hours. Implementation time is estimated at 1.5 hours.

Training Outcomes:

  1. Teachers will explain why collaboration among children develops self-esteem, problem solving skills, and negotiation skills.
  2. Teachers will explain why collaboration among children fosters respect between children.
  3. Teachers will identify and integrate collaboration activities in their classrooms.
  4. Teachers will use children's ideas and interests to identify emergent curriculum topics of interest to children that might be worth pursuing through curriculum.
  5. Teachers will identify ways to encourage collaborations among children.
  6. Teachers will explore ways to support collaborative behaviors among children.
  7. Teachers will recognize that children's collaborations enhance feelings of competence and develop problem-solving skills.
  8. Teachers will assess the level of intervention and direction needed to scaffold children's collaborative skills.
  9. Teachers will explore the concept of shared control and collaboration among adults and children.

These training outcomes address the following:

  • A-5, A-8, A-9, B-3b, and B-11 of the Accreditation Criteria and Procedures of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC, 1998).
  • Standard 1 and Standard 4b of NAEYC Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation, Initial Licensure Level (NAEYC, 2003).
  • 1304.21(a)(1)(iv), 1304.21(a)(3)(i)(B-E), and 1304.21(a)(4)(i-iii) of Head Start Performance Standards (Federal Register, Nov. 5, 1996, Volume 61, Number 215).


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