Cooperative Learning: Effective Team Work! 20+ Resources

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Every Friday I am presenting free webinars thanks to American TESOL! We have an incredible time. Recently, we discussed the benefits of cooperative learning. Through cooperative learning students learn effective team work through:
Accountability– students realize the contribution of each individual will determine the success of the task.
Team building– students learn how to listen to each other, resolve conflicts, delegate tasks, set deadlines and support each other.
The teacher acts as the facilitator walking around the class and ensuring teams are supporting each other. The teams will have problems. A student from at least one of the teams will be lazy. Kids are this way, but this is a teachable moment. We get to help the students learn to resolve these conflicts. If we do not teach them they will not learn. When using cooperative learning, the teacher will think about the:
Team formation– It’s important that teams consist of students with different abilities, skills, and cultural backgrounds.
Structuring of tasks– Tasks should be designed so that one student cannot complete the task but each member’s contribution is needed.
Students will need to learn how to effectively work with others on problem solving when they enter college and the workforce. Imagine the teams you have been part of and the nightmare it has been!Please check out the incredible thoughts shared by many educators in this Voicethread!
And here is the webinar I recently did on Cooperative Learning!

Cooperative Learning Classroom Activities
Check out these resources to integrate cooperative learning activities effectively.Kagan Cooperative Learning-Structures for Success Part 1Cooperative Learning ResearchWhat Cooperative Learning Looks Like in the ClassroomWhat Works: Cooperation vs. Competition– Read about my experiences integrating cooperative learning into my young learners classroomCooperative Learning Games for Young Learners (PDF)The different job titles and explanations along with links to Melissa Smith’s Cooperative Learning ProjectSilent Card Shuffle (Video)Several Cooperative Learning Activities on the Kagan Youtube Channel (Videos) 9 Cooperative Learning ActivitiesThe Jigsaw Classroom
Alfie Kohn Resources
Workshops by Alfie Kohn relating to competition and rewardsNo Contest: Podcast featuring an interview with Alfie KohnPunished by Rewards (Article) by Alfie KohnNo Contest Excerpts of Alfie Kohn’s book
More Resources
What is Cooperative Learning? Research by the Institute for Character EducationCooperative Learning Elements Kennesaw State University ResourcesSeveral Cooperative Learning Resources by CybrarymanCooperative Learning in the Library by CybrarymanNew Teacher Chat (#NTChat) Archive: How can new teachers make cooperative learning more effective in the classroom?The Cooperative Learning NetworkCooperative Learning Research and Education Programs
Try a cooperative learning lesson this semester!
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