Teaching Students How to Work Together Now and For the Rest of Their Lives

Trevor Muir's The Collaborative Classroom

"If you want to see positive climate and culture in the classroom, this book is a great place to start.”

—Gerry Brooks, elementary principal, Youtube star, and author of Go See the Principal

"The Collaborative Classroom is a practical guide for teaching all students—whether in a K–12, college, or beauty school-—to combine their gifts and successfully collaborate."

—Winn Claybaugh, founder and dean of Paul Mitchell Schools

"This is a must-read for any teacher or administrator."
--Kim Austin, principal of Kate Waller Barrett Elementary School

"Trevor Muir has crafted a practical guide that helps teachers tackle one of the biggest challenges they face: how to cultivate meaningful collaboration. As a master storyteller, he shares powerful examples of what happens when teachers take collaboration to the next level with their students."
--John Spencer, professor and coauthor of Launch and Empower

Collaboration drives progress in every area of life and industry. From business to politics, collaboration is an in-demand skill that today's students need--so why does the modern education system focus almost exclusively on individual tasks and assessments that leave students unprepared for the collaborative world?

Maybe it's because of how difficult group work has been to plan, manage, and assess.

In The Collaborative Classroom, Trevor Muir brings to light the dynamic possibilities that occur when students learn to work together. Muir shares how to teach students to do it effectively so that teachers can actually love group work. He shares the tools, techniques, processes, and inspiration developed from his own classroom and from the insights and experience gained from master educators and industry leaders.

This book is for you if you want to . . .

  • Effectively manage collaborative work time
  • Design the optimal groups
  • Help students give and receive constructive criticism
  • Facilitate student-led collaborative class discussions
  • Empower all students, introverts and extroverts from any grade and any subject area, to purposefully and meaningfully collaborate


How to boost engagement, make learning memorable, and transform lives

"I hope that every teacher reads this essential book and brings the ideas inside it to the classroom.  And it would help if every parent bought a copy and sent it in to school with their kids."


Stop Stealing Our Dreams


When students hear a lecture or read from a textbook, more often than not that information is stored in the limbic system, the short-term memory part of the brain, and discarded after the test. Which raises an important question: What’s the point?

But when students are immersed in a story, one where they are the characters and teachers are their guides, a transformation takes place. The classroom becomes a setting. Conflict becomes authentic. And school becomes engaging.

And that is something students will not forget.

In this book you will discover

  • How to increase student engagement

  • How to plan and execute effective project-based learning

  • Specific strategies for leading engaged students

  • Outlines and tools to plan and manage projects

  • Methods to increase academic performance in students

“Want to learn how to create “epic” projects that take your students on heroes’ journeys? Trevor Muir’s clear and engaging book offers a step-by-step process for transforming your classroom to a place where academic content standards, skills, and intrinsic motivation all come together in compelling ways. A must-read for anyone who aspires to really teach.”

— Tony Wagner, Harvard ILab Expert in Residence, Author of The Global Achievement Gap and Creating Innovators

“Trevor has been a forced to be reckoned with online. After reading “The Epic Classroom” I have even a deeper appreciation for his creativity and wisdom. This book challenged my thinking and left me with a fire re-lit inside. I was encouraged and pushed throughout my time reading this book. I would definitely recommend this to anyone in education”

— Todd Nesloney, Author of Kids Deserve It

“In The Epic Classroom, Muir takes us on a journey through the possibilities of what great teaching and memorable learning can be. The suggestions are practical and flexible. The stories are moving and tie the ideas to who we are at our best as we teach. This is a book for teachers who want to see something more powerfully memorable in their work, and who believe that the teacher’s power to change lives is not platitude, but the joy and reward that comes from having the courage to be a professional educator.”

— Rushton Hurley, Author of Making Your School Something Special