Cooperative Learning


 Positive Interdependence
As our students work on any the several activities that require positive interdependence, they will be providing their group with the necessary supports to collaborate and achieve a common goal. In other words, when our students play an individual role in remembering their part in the choreography of the flash mob for example, they are contributing to the product, and at the same time they are dependent on others to do the same.
 Individual and Group Accountability
As seen in the activity "Geo-Me" students are using their partners to measure each other's body parts. They need to be individually accountable to their group by giving accurate measurements, and they must be accountable as a group when they report their findings to the other groups in the class.
 Group Processing
After working in groups during the lesson titled "Finding Area of Zip Codes & Comparing Population", students are asked to write a reflection regarding their thoughts and reaction to the findings that they came up with in their groups. They will be processing the information they have derived and in doing so they will be assessing whether or not they were able to find anything at all. If not, this would be an indicator to them that their group work was not as effective as it could have been. On the other hand, if they gathered an appropriate amount of information, then they can reflect on the fact that their group was successful, and then jot down their thoughts and/or reactions to the findings.
 Social Skills
During the activities in the lesson titled "The Birmingham Pledge", students are asked to use a form of social skills that requires them to be active listeners and to be able to determine roles such as shared leadership. They are given the freedom within their pairs to choose a type of recording device that has video, voice, or photo capabilities. They must come to a consensus as to who' device(s) they will use and who gets to operate them. They practice their social skills by listening to their partners suggestions and coming to agreements.
 Face-to-Face Interaction
During the activities that our students partake in in their biology lesson, students get an opportunity to have intimate face-to-face interactions when they think-pair-share their thoughts regarding how prejudice based on skin color is a form of racism and social injustice. This activity, as well as all of the above mentioned, are great ways in which our English learners get immediate feedback on their speaking abilities as well as participating in cooperative learning.

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