(Part of @teachthought 30-day Reflective Teaching Blogging Challenge) more info here.
....multiple students working toward the same goal
....learning in motion -- students may not be sitting still!
....give and take -- one student is not doing all of the thinking, learning, and doing
....discussions involving accountable talk between students
Ideally, student collaboration is a way for students to learn in a social way by using their strengths to contribute to the learning that is taking place. This requires a level of responsibility, trust, and persistence between students.