Group work is a time-tested strategy in many classrooms, but educators are starting to rethink how to evaluate these projects not just on the content students learn, but the skills they hone to work in teams as adults.
Collaborative problem-solving—the ability to work with others on new and complex problems—is one of the most highly sought-after skills by employers. It’s required under both the common-core math and reading standards and the Next Generation Science Standards. But it’s also notoriously tricky to pull off a project that builds both students’ cognitive and social skills as they meet content standards.
“As teachers, we assume students know how to collaborate,” said Diana Lowe, a curriculum director for math and science in the Texarkana, Ark., school district, which adopted project-based learning…