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Cooperative Learning: Summing It Up

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, March 2, 2013 9:02 PM

Just finished chapter 8 in High Impact Instruction by Jim Knight.   To summarize:  

 

Cooperative learning is any structured, sytematic learning activity in which groups of learners work together to achieve a common goal.  It is a high impact strategy because it:

 

ensures engagement

facilitates formative assessment

facilitates differentiated instruction

allows students to collaboratively construct knowledge

develops students' communication skills

prepares students for life after school

 

It is most successful when teachers:

 

understand learning structure

create positive interdependence

teach expectations

teach social skills

determine optimum makeup of groups

manage time successfully

use an attention signal

 

Five learning structures that are easy"

 

turn to your neighbor

think, pair, share

jigsaw

value line

round table

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Ten Obvious Truths That We Shouldn’t Be Ignoring: Alfie Kohn

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, January 24, 2013 3:37 PM

What's it all about............Alfie?

 

Alfie highlights and discusses 10 controversies that exist.  Despite knowing better, we seem to ignore these truths.  

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New research helps explain why girls do better in school

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Why do girls get better grades in elementary school than boys -- even when they perform worse on standardized tests?

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, January 4, 2013 7:41 AM

This really is an engagement issue.  As a former preschool, toddler and first grade teacher- I firml believe students "look different" based on gender at these early ages. 

 

So then what?  

 

Again.........I question the content we teach and the timeline we put boys on for learning that content.  I suspect more damage is done by expecting them to be something they aren't.  

 

I can vision a different reality where boys are allowed to be boys with strong men supporting and guiding along the way.  Yes.  We need more men in elementary schools.  

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Learning no longer has to stop

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we are often forced to ask students to put their learning on hold … if not stop it all together while they compete for resources.
That is a topic for next year.  STOP
Today’s lesson is on page 43.  Turn to that page and do only questions 4 and 5.

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, February 3, 2013 11:36 PM

This is why some kids get in trouble for putting in headphones.  

Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, February 8, 2013 10:46 PM

For my #miched tweeps

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This Week In The Brilliant Report: Why A Sense Of Belonging Is Essential To Learning

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From the latest issue of my newsletter, The Brilliant Report: “This week I blogged about a new study that suggests one reason why there are so few women in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math): they are vulnerable to feeling...

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, January 19, 2013 8:55 AM

Belonging is a fundamental human need.

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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: The Best 33 Educational Technology Blogs for 2012

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, December 28, 2012 11:19 AM

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