In Search of True Collaboration

Good, we think to ourselves, having just assigned a task we spent hours putting together. A collaborative activity with a check for understanding planned for when they’re finished.
No sooner does this thought pass through our heads than we realize one of two things: 1. It’s very quiet in here; they’re not working together at all. OR 2. There’s tons of conversation, but hardly anyone is on task.

What happened? Well, despite our good intentions and perhaps even our high level activity, there are several issues here that have sabotaged our efforts.