Teacher’s Toolkit: Improving science instruction through effective group interactions by: Rachael Parr

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Cooperative learning is a popular teaching strategy in which groups of students work together to accomplish a common goal, aiding them in developing a comprehensive understanding of a topic or concept. This strategy enables students of diverse backgrounds to come together and share their own ideas and experiences. While not a new concept, cooperative learning may still intimidate teachers who are unsure of how to successfully implement such a practice while maintaining a well-managed classroom. Through careful planning and use of the strategies outlined here, teachers can create an optimum classroom environment for reaching all learners.

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  • on Tue May 24, 2011 10:15 AM

The author describes how she sets the environment for cooperative group work. The class discussion includes being polite to each other and helpful tips that if followed will help the group function as a whole instead of parts pulling at each other. She then describes the roles of the four member group: the encourager, the researcher/recorder, the equipment manager, and the assignment director. Students are given a role and each student gets a handout describing their duties. She uses the acronym CAR: collaborate, involve all members and record. This is a better and an interesting approach and like other articles in the journal, it is worth reading if you want to engage in cooperative, collaborative learning in your classroom.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

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