Cooperative learning is a teaching strategy that helps students work together as they learn. In this lesson, you will learn the benefits of cooperative learning, as well as helpful strategies that you can implement in your classroom to help facilitate cooperative learning.
Definition of Cooperative Learning
To be honest, I haven’t always been a believer in cooperative learning. When I first started teaching, cooperative learning was one of those concepts in my textbook that sounded wonderful in theory, but left me with a lot of questions of how it would actually work in my classroom. In fact, it took a graduate school project to change my mind.
For this project, I was required to implement cooperative learning for a unit and take data on my students’ progress. I went into the project thinking it would be a disaster, but was pleasantly surprised when the data showed that all of my students had made progress in their academic skills! Ever since then, I have been a fan of cooperative learning!In cooperative learning, students work together in groups to complete a project or task. The goals are for students to learn how to contribute to a team, demonstrate individual responsibility, and also share accountability for the outcomes of the group.