Saints Research

Collaboration and the Power of Successful Learning

The 2016-2017 Saints Action Research

theme focused on Collaboration and the Power of Successful Learning Groups.

Meet the 2016-2017 Action Research Team

The essential skill of collaboration is incorporated into all parts of of the curriculum; however, research indicates that boys often do not work particularly well in groups and may lack the necessary skills to do so. This study will test methods of teaching boys to recognize, respect, and maximize the different personalities and approaches to learning within a group in order to create engaging and innovative learning experiences. The goal is to find solidarity in Collaboration and the Power of Successful Learning Groups.

View the Research Briefs

  • Collaboration and Conflict Management
    Sixth grade boys come into Middle School with a lot to figure out. Stress, frustration, and pressure to succeed often lead to conflicts with peers. Nowhere are these struggles more evident than in their first collaborative assignments. My research project prompted boys to learn their personality types and conflict management styles prior to a group project. 

    Jon Piper (Middle School History)
  • Creating a Mindfulness Proposal
    With the hectic overload of technology and external stressors, who would not benefit from a taste of Mindfulness in their daily life? 

    Laura Lanois (Academic Resource Teacher)
  • Building Community: Fostering Friendships with Art Groups
    Laura Partee asked her kindergarten students to work together to design and create while following instructions to listen to each other and make decisions as a group.

    Laura Partee (Kindergarten Co-Teacher)
  • Collaboration, Choice, and a Love of Reading
    As the parent of a second grade boy who only read because he had to, I wanted to try a different take on DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) time in an attempt to motivate and excite my more reluctant readers. I pondered what I could do to bring intentionality to our independent reading time while still allowing for choice and exploration of books.

    Amy Burlein (Second Grade Teacher):