As a class of future teachers, we’re learning that collaborative learning strategies help to make one of the most effective learning environments for student success. But the big question comes when we’re faced with 30 students that don’t know how to work with one another- so how do we make them care that collaboration is important, enough for them to actually do it? Then BAM! I had an epiphany.
Last semester, our science education instructor, had given us a question for all of us to think of as we were reading the articles about HIV research- “why did it take so long for people to finally get this close to finding a cure for HIV in 2016, when signs of the epidemic started nearly 37 years ago? Then he gave us several articles to read using a jigsaw technique about AIDS Research and the search for a Cure.
Soon we realized, the researchers had money, they had success with making drugs to treat the symptoms, and they had individual support from many other sectors in our community- but what they didn’t have was collaboration. As seen in this info-graphic timeline, the top medical researchers around the world- didn’t start collaborating and researching together until 2010. And through out 37 years of researching for a way to treat the symptoms, there wasn’t any research that could directly relate to eradicating the virus for sure. They were racing to find the cure individually in hopes for individual success, but little did they know that if they were to work collectively- they would have had a much faster rate of success- where the cure could have been found 31 years earlier, and they would have saved hundreds of thousands of lives.
With an info-graphic timeline that I created from http://www.Readwritethink.org , I will share the events that follows this pattern, for students to be able to analyze and recognize the trends for themselves. I am also turning this timeline into an interactive one- with a voice over using Capzels, that students could explore with more links to the research I’ve found, so students could examine the articles, my research and piece together there information of their own, so they could answer this question collaboratively, like we had to in our science education class.
If I would have seen this timeline instead of or in addition to reading the articles, I would have been able to develop a better understanding of how long it took and been able to understand the reason why collaboration is important in a much more effective way.
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