By Gil Trevino Cooperative learning Teaching strategy involving small team of students. Usually students of varying ability are grouped together. Teammates are responsible for all team members progress. Why Use Cooperative learning? Promote student learning Increase student learning Develop learning skills Develop social skills Enhance learning experience Promote positive relationships. How does cooperative learning help your classroom? Promotes positive interdependence Individual and group accountability Supports success of group Teaches communication skills to members Promotes group processing How can you incorporate cooperative learning? Jigsaw Groups are established Each person is assigned unique material to learn Students collaborate with other students with the same material. Decisions are made on how to teach the subject. “experts” teach other groups Think-Pair-Share Students think individually about a question. Students share with partner and exchange thoughts The pairs share responses with other pairs or the entire group. Three Step Interview Each member of a team chooses another member to be a partner Individuals interview partners by asking clarifying questions. Partners reverse roles Members share their partner’s response to the team. Round Robin – Brainstorming Class is divided into small groups ( 4 to 6) One person is appointed as the recorder A question with many different answers is posed and time is given to think about answers. Members of the team share responses in a round robin style Recorder writes down responses Three minute review Teachers stop during a lecture or review and give teams three minutes to review what has been said. Students may ask clarifying questions or answer questions. Numbered Heads Together Teams of four are established Each member is given a number of 1, 2, 3 or 4 Questions are asked of the group Groups work together to answer the question Teacher calls out number ( 2) and each person with that number is asked to give and answer. Team Pair Solo Students do problems as a team. Students then do problems with a partner. Students Do problems on their own Circle the sage Teacher calls on a students seeking which students have special knowledge of a subject. The sages spread out in the room Students surround the sage while the sage explains what they know while students listen, ask questions and take notes. Students return to teams to share what they learned from the sage they received information from. Partners Class is divided into teams of four. Partners move to one side of room Half of each team is given an assignment to master and to be able to teach the other half. Partners work to learn and can consult with other partners working on the same material. Teams go back with each set of partners teaching the other set. Partners quiz and tutor teammates. More Ideas? Consult you handout for more ideas in making cooperative learning groups. Visit http://www.kaganonline.com for more ideas tips and training opportunities.