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cooperative learning activity

This solution is in response to a multi -step problem with developing a cooperative learning activity for math for students in grades 9-12. The problem is outlined below:
Design of Cooperative Learning Activity
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Choose a topic from any content area, but the lesson(s) must be predominantly cognitive in nature (require mental processing, not psychomotor skills). Create a cooperative activity that spans several class meetings (at least 5 days). Be sure that your project responds to the following questions and to include concepts from this field of study - refer to the checklist at the end of the chapter:

? What are the learning objectives for this lesson?
? Why is a cooperative learning an appropriate strategy for meeting the objectives?
? How will students be assigned to each group?
? How will the activity foster positive interdependence?
? What roles will you assign within each group?
? What forms of accountability will you build in?
? What skills will you have to teach, and how will you teach them?
? How will you monitor the group-work?
? How will you evaluate student work?

This project should be descriptive and specific enough that any teaching professional could facilitate this activity.

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What are the learning objectives for this lesson?

Make it a multiple step and real-life problem solving opportunity. Make the objectives relevant and meaningful. Make the objectives such that the students are gaining knowledge and/or skills that can be applied later in real-life. These could be involved in a task that would involve finding area, necessary measurement, volume, etc.

? Why is a cooperative learning an appropriate strategy for meeting the objectives?

If the task is broken down so each student in the group has a key piece of the puzzle, but not all the pieces, the students will have to cooperate to figure out how the pieces go together to create a solution to the whole problem

? How will students be assigned to each group?

I would ...

Solution Summary

The author discusses how to develop a cooperative learning activity through the key steps in the process for secondary Math course.

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