Why SOLE has students collaborate
Some groups will go through this several times, though hopefully not all in one day. Ideally, you as the teacher wouldn’t have to intervene, though obviously that’s not always the case. The point is, sometimes groups don’t work perfectly. In fact, sometimes groups crash and burn. That doesn’t mean that your SOLE was a failure--in fact, some of my most valuable SOLEs had problems with their groups. However, the next time we did group work, students had learned a lesson about how to function when working with others. SOLEs may only be an hour, but education is ongoing, and one bad day of collaborating doesn’t lessen the importance. The point is we’re preparing them for their futures--even when it makes them a little uncomfortable or frustrated.