【特色教学】Why Cooperative Learning为什么要合作学习？
Teacher should not come to classroom the same lesson plans each and every day. Let’s “Shake things up” ,allows students to hear a voice something different; allow them to hear the voice of their peers, this way student will get a break from boring teachers lectures.
Cooperative learning is a great strategy because, it is all about the students and their own thoughts and ideas. The students are actually the “Center of Learning”, not the teacher. As teachers, we have a responsibility to refer students most careers which require people to work with others in groups. Cooperative learning is a key component of 21st century life skills. Ultimately, “We are smarter together as a group than we are apart as individuals”.
How do we group students for cooperative learning? It is best to group students deliberately and the first things you can consider in grouping students are their academic abilities and their test scores. So consider grouping students by performance level, homogenous grouping performance (similar) and heterogenous grouping for (different) performance levels.
Students’ safety is the number one priority. Therefore, consider grouping students for harmonious and safe environment. Another possibility regrouping is a random approach it is usually use to shake things up. When students are group together, things can get out of control pretty quickly. To keep orders assign students a group role.
The best grouping scenario is one where students are safe and learning. Plan which groups you will work with during the activity. Some will need support to get started. Listening in to their conversation is a great way to assess understanding.
Here are some essential classroom activities of my second grade students that we would like to share
Students work together to solve a problem and answer a question about an assigned reading. They require to :
(1) think individually about a topic or answer to a question;
(2) share ideas with classmates. Discussing with a partner maximizes participation, focuses attention and engages students in comprehending the reading material.
Students think individually to answer some questions：What room are you writing about? Describe the room and furniture? What do you like to do in the room?
The knowledge and concepts the students learnt are now also made manifest in the materials. Students are able to independently interact with materials (after a presentation) and learn without the direct involvement of the teacher. Students can follow their interests through a Project-based activity and the teacher is free to guide individual student as needed.