Cooperative Learning Techniques (notes on)

These are some notes I found about cooperative learning techniques- what is involved, questioning levels, methods, activities, etc…

-a powerful method of learning
-divergence in questioning prompts a variety of responses (open-ended)
-convergence in questioning prompts a more specific response (close-ended)
-keep in mind student backgrounds and strengths and weaknesses in deciding what types of grouping to do
-bridge a cooperative learning technique, starting with developmentally appropriate instruction, and then slow it down to work with information they already know
-involve graphic and advanced organizers
-ask “juicy” and “skinny” questions and vary the levels
-questions should be both in lower and higher level of Bloom’s taxonomy
-vary convergent and divergent questions, use prompts and probes, and wait-time
-planning effective questioning is an important part of guiding the process
-timing of activities is usually about 30-45 minutes: most of it is very interactive, with higher-level thinking
-CL activities do not involve a lot of new content, rather, they are a way to help students understand material already covered
-they can consist of a few activities in a larger framework, and may involve a set induction
-must be put together well: concrete, orderly, with a logical progression between levels of questioning
-base the cooperative learning technique and activities on one or two solid objectives (include standards)
-plan both formative and summative assessments

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