Students must work in groups to complete tasks collectively.
- small groups of 4/5 students
- focuses on tasks to be accomplished
- requires group cooperation and interaction
- mandates individual responsibility to learn
- supports division of labour
- improvement of comprehension of basic academic content
- reinforcement of academic skills
- students’ decision making allowed
- creation of active learning environment
- boosted students’ self esteem
- celebration of diverse learning styles
- promotion of students’ responsibility
- focus on success of everyone
- positive interdependence (students feel responsible for their own and group effort)
- face to face interaction (students encourage and support each other; the environment encourages discussion and eye contact)
- interpersonal and group accountability (each student is responsible for doing their part; the group is accountable for meeting its goal)
- social skills (they must be taught for successful cooperative learning to occur)
- group processing (group members analyze their own and the group task and decide how it can be improved.
- gives a meaningful task that requires active participation of each student to reach a common goal.
- monitors the learning process
- provides ongoing feedback
- provides assessment of the group progress.
ROLES FOR STUDENTS
|spokesperson||represents the group and presents group work the rest of the class|
|timekeeper||keeps group on task and on time|
|team facilitator (LEADER)||moderates discussion, ensures that work is completed by all, and makes sure that all have the opportunity to participate and learn|
|elaborator||relates the discussion with prior concepts and knowledge|
|research runner||gets needed materials and is the liaison between teams and between their team and the instructor|
This is the way students and teachers work together!