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COOPERATIVE LEARNING ACTIVITY

Lecture | Questioning/Discussion | Team Teaching | Thematic Teaching | Integrated Curriculum | Cooperative Learning

The activities that follow are based on the previous four sections of the module and are intended to help you formalize your understanding of cooperative learning. When the activities are completed, you should have a strong understanding of not only how to use cooperative learning as a successful classroom strategy, but also have a framework for implementing cooperative learning in your classroom.

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1. Visit a cooperative learning web site and briefly discuss (in 2 or 3 sentences) what you learned there. The cooperative learning structures page has web site addresses to help you, or you can go to the internet and do a search using the key words "cooperative learning." www.Google.com is a good web server for such a search. Respond in the box below and submit by clicking the submit button.

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2. Briefly (in 3 or 4sentences) explain how your students will learn/practice the communication skills and their cooperative group roles. Respond in the box below and submit by clicking the submit button.

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3. Describe a cooperative learning lesson that you could use in your classroom. Show the content of the lesson, select a cooperative learning structure, select a classroom design pattern, explain (in 2 or 3 sentences) why you believe the cooperative learning structure and the classroom design pattern is appropriate for the cooperative learning lesson. Once you have described the lesson, share it with your partner either by e-mail or verbally to receive feedback about the lesson for revisions, if necessary. The feedback from your partner should focus on the relationship between the cooperative learning structure, the classroom design pattern, and whether the two seem appropriate for the lesson. The revisions you make should also be noted. After revisions have been made, share the lesson with the other members of the class, explaining the revisions and why the revisions were made, if, that is, you made any revisions. Respond in the box below and submit by clicking the submit button. Your response should follow this outline format:

1. Lesson Content: (Identify subject and topic, e.g., Math/Mixed Fractions)
2. Grade Level or Target Audience: (Identify the grade level or audience for the lesson)
3. Lesson Objective: (Write a one sentence objective, or purpose, for the lesson)
4. Cooperative Learning Structure: (Identify the cooperative learning structure you would use)
5. Classroom Design Pattern: (Identify the classroom design pattern you would use)
6. Lesson Explanation: (Include a 2 or 3 sentence explanation of the lesson)
7. Revisions: (Explain any revisions you made after receiving feedback from your partner.)

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4. If possible, teach the lesson, and share the results with the class. Briefly (in 3 or 4 sentences) explain what happened. Respond in the box below and submit by clicking the submit button.