Compare two different cooperative learning strategies for engaging with expository text in the content area classroom. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each strategy, how deeply does each strategy encourage connection with the text, and how well can each strategy be connected to other activities involving the text?
Cooperative learning is a strategy in which small groups of students interact to complete instructional material. This is in effort to develop teamwork skills as well as teach student accountability both as an individual student and as a group.
Two great ideas for a cooperative learning strategy From the University of Tennessee include a "Round Table Discussion" and a "One Minute Paper." For the Round Table Discussion, students are asked to brainstorm an idea in order to generate multiple responses to a single question. The teacher will first present a group of five students with a question, a single piece of paper, and a single pen. The first student will write his or her response to the question and then present it to the group. The paper then gets passed to the next student who will do the same until the last student has provided a response. The paper will then continue around the table until time is up.
The purpose of this is to show students that there could be a ...
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