Why Should I Use Cooperative Learning?
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In the first unit, we got our brains thinking about cooperative learning and what it looks like in a classroom. We extended our knowledge about cooperative learning, and compared what we learned to what we already knew. We touched upon some major differences between cooperative learning and group work, while learning about some important characteristics of cooperative learning. In this unit, we are going to build on the knowledge we have by watching videos and being able to see cooperative learning taking place. In this unit, we are going to focus on why you should utilize cooperative learning in your classroom, while learning more about the different types of cooperative learning groups there are. Mainly, we will work on learning more about different ways to group and engage students to work cooperatively in the classroom.
Why is This Unit Important?
This unit is important because it is going to set your mind towards thinking about how you would utilize cooperative learning in your classroom or in a lesson. Since there are multiple approaches to cooperative learning, there may be some that you like more, and some that might work better in your classroom and with your students. This unit will help you to start thinking about the types of cooperative learning that is out there, and start thinking about how you can incorporate them into your classroom.
What Should I Learn by the End of this Unit?
Like the first unit, Unit 2 is made up of 3 mini lessons.
In the first lesson, you will watch a few videos and read a few sample lessons on cooperative learning and take note of the different types of cooperative learning that you see taking place. The videos will inform you on the main characteristics of cooperative learning. In the video and the reading, you will be able to start noticing different ways to incorporate cooperative learning and different methods to engage your learners in this environment.
In the second lesson, you will receive an outline containing information about different cooperative learning styles. In this lesson, you will be linked to websites, most specifically, Spencer Kagan's webpage which will allow you to explore different methods to utilize cooperative learning. This lesson will be important in that it will allow you to begin to name the types of cooperative learning.
In the third lesson, you will explore further roles of students during cooperative learning and how to keep all students engaged. While reading about student roles, begin to think about what roles students would have specific to the seven strategies we learned about in lesson 2. In learning about student roles, you will be asked to think about how these relate to the strategies that we learned about. Think about how the student roles help to successful integration of cooperative learning.
All Set? Lets go to Lesson 1: Cooperative Learning in Action