Walk of Wild Things: A cross-grade collaboration teaches first- and third-grade students research skills.

Melinda Hammerschmidt, Missouri State University
Rebecca Crowder Dischner, Missouri State University
Dea Borneman, Missouri State University


Next, the classroom teachers provided a list of animals that the students could explore, and then the research partners ranked their top five choices. In closing, we found that multi-age collaboration was an enjoyable teaching tool that increased teacher efficacy, built student knowledge, and strengthened students' ability to work cooperatively with others. TEACHER COLLABORATION AND EFFICACY This cross-grade collaboration provided time for the teachers to work together in facilitating learning and increased teacher efficacy.