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Group Work

    Group work, instructional use of small groups so that students work together to maximize their own and each other's learning (Johnson), has a variety of approaches and dimensions, Possible topics in this area are cooperative groups, complex instruction, diverse classrooms and meeting diversity, differentiated instruction, group motivation, and group incentives.

  • Cooperative Learning
    This website addresses- What is cooperative learning? Why use cooperative learning? What makes cooperative groups work? Positive interdependence. Face-to-face promotive interaction.
  • Cooperative Learning Response to Diversity
    Dedicated teachers are always looking for better ideas for meeting the many challenges they face in school, especially as diversity increases in the student population. Cooperative learning methods provide teachers with effective ways to respond to diverse students by promoting academic achievement and cross-cultural understanding.
  • Cooperative Learning Techniques (from Mrs. Glosser's Math Goodies)
    Cooperative learning involves a great deal more than placing your students into groups. Cooperative learning is part of classroom management.
  • Facilitating Group Work with Technology
    Many teachers find that using students as peer educators in or outside of class can be a productive strategy for encouraging active learning in their courses. Group work usually leads to more student participation and involvement with course issues, ideas, and skills.
  • Group Work in Discussion Sections
    It is not difficult or time-consuming to incorporate group work activities into your lesson plans, but there are some general rules-of-thumb about structuring group work well. Here are some basic guidelines to consider.
  • Student Learning Groups that Really Work
    Standards-based instruction calls for students to work with their peers. Here are some ways that teachers can enhance the effectiveness of group work in their classrooms.
  • Teaching for Cooperative Learning: The Challenge for Teacher Education
    Teaching for Cooperative Learning: The Challenge for Teacher Education is a new book edited by E.G. Cohen, Celeste Brody, and Mara Sapon-Shevin (SUNY Press, 2004: ISBN 0-7914-5970-5).
    Cooperative learning can be summarized as “the instructional use of small groups so that the students work together to maximize their own and each other’s learning.” Cooperative learning groups proliferate in every educational setting, regardless of the age or educational level of the students present. In cooperative learning situations, there is a “positive interdependence among students’ goal attainments; students perceive that they can reach their learning goals if and only if the other students in the learning group also reach their goals.” The NBCTs in these video clips have chosen to use cooperative learning groups to meet specific content goals.
  • Teaching Methods SIMULATIONS AND GAMES
    A classroom should be a place of fun as well as instruction. Student motivation can increase with the use of games to reinforce skills and concepts learned.
  • What is group learning?
    "Group learning," "cooperative learning," and "collaborative learning" are terms that are often used synonymously. While some people carefully try to distinguish between the three terms, we use them to refer to an instructional approach in which students work together in small groups to accomplish a common learning goal.

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