THE ANIMAL SCHOOL
By George H. Reavis
At the end of this workshop the participants will be able to:
Understand the difference between Cooperative Learning
and Group work,
Share knowledge with other participants through a variety
Reflect on their teaching in the classroom
What is Cooperative Learning?
Cooperative Learning is a part of a group teaching/learning
techniques where students interact with each other to acquire and
practice the elements of a subject matter and to meet common
learning goals. It is more than just putting students into groups or
teams and wishing for the best.
It is a very formal way of structuring activities in a learning
environment that includes specific elements needed to increase the
potential for rich and deep learning by the participants.
It is about moving from rote learning to learning how to think
critically and in changing circumstances.
It needs to be used consistently and in an organized way.
“The process by which a room full of individuals with
different backgrounds and experiences become a caring
community of active learners.”
Group Work, Collaboration and Cooperative
Group Work- The teacher assigns a group project, outlines the task, and gives a
deadline for completion. Students are expected to work together and participate
Collaborative learning - a method of teaching and learning in which students
team together to explore a significant question or create a meaningful project.
Examples: A group of students discussing a lecture or students from different
schools working together over the Internet on a shared assignment.
Cooperative learning - a specific kind of collaborative learning. In cooperative
learning, students work together in small group son a structured activity. They are
individually accountable for their work, and the work of the group as a whole is
assessed. Cooperative works face-to-face and learn to work as a team.
When do we use Cooperative Learning?
“Whenever problem solving is desired, whenever divergent thinking or
creativity is desired. Whenever quality or performance is
expected, whenever the task is complex. When the learning goals are
highly important, and when the social development of learners is one of
the major instructional goals…
When an instructor wishes to promote positive interaction among
learners, a facilitative learning climate, a wide range of cognitive and
affective outcomes, and positive relations between themselves and the
From Learning Together and Alone, David w. Johnson, Roger T. Johnson
Everyone feels their input is important
Everyone has to participate
Everyone is accountable
Keep everyone on task
Work smarter and not harder/ deep critical thinking
Is Non threatening
Use of multiple intelligences
Work on and Practice communication skills and people
Respect and listen to others’opinion and ideas
Five Essential Elements
Team-building (group processing) skills
Note: Research shows that both competitive
and cooperative interaction are a healthy part
of a child’s repertoire of behavior.
Step One: One Way Interview
Students are in pairs, one is the interviewer, the other is the interviewee.
The interviewer takes notes of the responses to use for paraphrasing later
to the whole group.
Step Two: The Reverse
Students reverse roles.
Step Three: Roundrobin
Students paraphrase what they have learned about their teammate to their
Silent Card Shuffle
Viewing a Video
Refer to your worksheet
SAME / Different
Each pair of students (A /B opposite side) on a team of
four will receive a picture that are basically the same
with a variety of specific differences that when
discovered will elicit use of target vocabulary and
A barrier will be placed between them so that they cannot
see the other pair´s paper.
Students will receive a Worksheet where they will write
the differences they find.
Students will take turns making statements about their
picture that the other team members confirm or amend to
discover the differences.
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words!
A Travel Agency has a contest for students to créate a postcard selling their favorite
Each participant will design his/her own creative postcard to sell his/her favorite
Each participant will describe the picture to their teammates.
After the discussion, each participant will write a persuasive letter to the Travel
Agency to convince them in why his/her postcard should be selected as the winner.
Students can read their letters to the group and students can react to it.
(Use the Cards – When expressing your opinión)
Let’s Have Fun!
AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER
With zero visibility, they are not to crush. Pilot or Biplane must relay on Air
1. Players are in pairs, one is the Pilot, the other one is the Air traffic Controller.
Pilot simulates being in a plane by extending both arms out to form wings. Air
Traffic Controller stands in one place to call out directions to the pilot.
2. Zero Visibility
Pilot has zero visibility (blindfolded or closed eyes) and must rely entirely on
verbal instructions of the Air Traffic Controller to navigate the plane around
3. Ground to Pilot
AirTraffic Controller may give instructions like, ¨”Stop!”,”There is a plane
approaching your airspace from the right (left)”, “Continue”, “Reverse”, etc.
Match Mine/ Body Parts
Partners sit on the opposite sides of a barrier with identical game boards and
Partner ____will arrange game pieces on game board while Partner ___ awaits
One will be the sender, and the other will be the receiver.
Sender gives the Receiver a word and number to match the Sender’s
arrangement of game pieces on the game board.
When finished, partners set game boards side by side to compare for accuracy.
Receiver and Sender develop improvement strategies.
Roles are exchanged and the game is played again.
Review and Questions
Wrapping-up the lesson:
How does this new learning fit in what you
How will you apply what you have learned today
in your WL classroom?
Reflecting on your teaching, what can you gather?
THANK YOU FOR ATTENDING And FOR
YOUR PARTICIPATION TONIGHT
ARE ALSO AWESOME!!!
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