KAGAN© COOPERATIVE LEARNING STRUCTURES
What is Cooperative Learning?
Cooperative learning is a way of delivering your content. Students work in teams
The teams are hetrogenously formed
Lessons are designed such that all members of each team participate simultaneously
and: are held individually accountable for their own learning, participate
equally so ensuring the success for all and learn to support and value each
other both socially and academically. This creates a more effective
teaching and learning environment. The ability of pupils to work with others is
an important life skill. Working with others actually improves individuals understanding,
stretching the high ability and lower ability pupils alike.
What are Cooperative Learning Structures?
‘Structures’ are easy to learn series of repeatable steps that can be used
across the whole curriculum to develop mastery (Revision, Review, Recall,
Practice etc.), thinking skills (Problem Solving, Evaluating, Analysing,
Synhesising etc.) communication skills or for information sharing,
teambuilding and classbuilding. Many structures are useful across
more than one domain, so for example at the same time as you are reviewing content
using Quiz Quiz Trade you can also be working
on Classbuilding improving the class tone. As the structures are content free they
can be used time and again thus breaking the ‘replacement cycle’. Once you master
structures you will be able to make every lesson a Cooperative Learning lesson.
Why use Cooperative Learning Structures?
Delivering your lesson content using Cooperative Learning Structures is a way of
easily increasing the amount of time your pupils spend ‘on task’. Along with this
increased engagement come all the benefits (See BENEFITS) of facilitating the learning
of a class where pupils are all actively and simultaneously engaged in learning.Structures
minimise the opportunity for pupils to become distracted, disruptive and then disaffected
by giving them the skills to work with others and to learn independently of the
Win Win Discipline
). Structures enable students to acquire social skills in real-life situations;
social skills are embedded in the structures so students, for example, learn turn
taking, active listening, empathy, tolerance, respect etc. All without taking any
time away from teaching our existing curriculum.
“Teaching is the highest form of understanding.”