Cooperative Learning Patricia Becker-Johnson For Teachers Technology Project 1 SLIS 5720  October 5, 2008
Cooperative Learning <ul><li>Definition:  A grouping strategy that allows students to work together to gain knowledge usin...
Essential Elements to   Cooperative Learning <ul><li>Successful cooperative learning groups should have the following: </l...
Essential Elements to   Cooperative Learning Continued <ul><li>Some members must have interpersonal and leadership skills ...
Against Cooperative  Learning? <ul><li>Some educators are against cooperative learning because they feel it pushes competi...
Formal and Informal Cooperative Learning Groups <ul><li>Students design their own learning task </li></ul><ul><li>Students...
Cooperative Learning: Advantages <ul><li>Grouping students with different levels together allows learning to occur for all...
Cooperative Learning: Limitations <ul><li>Size – groups need to be small to ensure learning </li></ul><ul><li>Potential ov...
Cooperative Learning: Integration into Middle School Classroom <ul><li>Endless Possibilities </li></ul><ul><li>Any grade l...
Cooperative Learning: Integration into Middle School Classroom <ul><li>Discussions on topics before reading or after readi...
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  1. 1. Cooperative Learning Patricia Becker-Johnson For Teachers Technology Project 1 SLIS 5720 October 5, 2008
  2. 2. Cooperative Learning <ul><li>Definition: A grouping strategy that allows students to work together to gain knowledge using each others’ strengths and weaknesses </li></ul>
  3. 3. Essential Elements to Cooperative Learning <ul><li>Successful cooperative learning groups should have the following: </li></ul><ul><li>Team members must see themselves as part of the team </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Individual and group accountability </li></ul>
  4. 4. Essential Elements to Cooperative Learning Continued <ul><li>Some members must have interpersonal and leadership skills </li></ul><ul><li>Team members should be able to reflect on their own learning and the group’s function </li></ul>
  5. 5. Against Cooperative Learning? <ul><li>Some educators are against cooperative learning because they feel it pushes competitiveness in the classroom. But in actuality, cooperative learning shows students how they must work together in the future in the real world. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Formal and Informal Cooperative Learning Groups <ul><li>Students design their own learning task </li></ul><ul><li>Students work with others to improve the learning </li></ul><ul><li>Assign students a specific job like director, recorder, or presenter </li></ul><ul><li>Designed for specific learning outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Should not last longer than specific learning task </li></ul><ul><li>Assign students a specific job like director, recorder, or presenter </li></ul>Informal Formal
  7. 7. Cooperative Learning: Advantages <ul><li>Grouping students with different levels together allows learning to occur for all students </li></ul><ul><li>Formal or informal groups depending on learning task </li></ul><ul><li>Long term groups can be developed creating different learning opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Can be applied to all content areas </li></ul>
  8. 8. Cooperative Learning: Limitations <ul><li>Size – groups need to be small to ensure learning </li></ul><ul><li>Potential overuse – if used too much, cooperative learning may become ineffective </li></ul><ul><li>Group members – groups should consist of different ability levels to enhance the learning of all members </li></ul>
  9. 9. Cooperative Learning: Integration into Middle School Classroom <ul><li>Endless Possibilities </li></ul><ul><li>Any grade level or content area </li></ul><ul><li>Good strategy to use when limited availability of technology </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Example 4 or 5 people to one computer </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Cooperative Learning: Integration into Middle School Classroom <ul><li>Discussions on topics before reading or after reading </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Literature circles apply this theory </li></ul></ul><ul><li>View different types of media critically </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare presentations for other groups </li></ul><ul><li>Jigsaw presentations where each member becomes an expert on certain aspects of material </li></ul>

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