Have you heard about cooperative learning, but aren’t sure what it is? Does your principal question why you are so passionate about cooperative learning strategies? In this post, I hope to answer those questions and more!
I first heard about cooperative learning theory while I was working on my M. Ed. at Texas State University. I still remember receiving a big ol’ book titled cooperative learning and when I first heard about the strategies they seemed to be a bit gimmicky, but boy oh boy was I wrong.
VERY quickly I learned all about collaborative learning theory and why cooperative learning strategies work for ALL students. Soon I knew that I could never be in a classroom without cooperative learning, and became an evangelist myself. I now want to spread the good word about cooperative learning and make sure that everyone knows the miracles it works without students.
What is Cooperative Learning Theory?
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Achieve this through shared conversations, questioning, physical interactions, following of social norms, and peer feedback. The general idea is to get students talking more with one another and the teacher talking less while acting as a facilitator.
For more information on collaborative learning theory check out these articles:
Instructional Design Models and Theories: Cooperative and Collaborative Theory
Theories of Cognition in Collaborative Learning
Collaborative Learning: Theories, Strategies, and Educational Benefits
Where Should I Start With Cooperative Learning Theory?
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