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Topic: co-operative learning
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Re: co-operative learning
Posted: Jun 28, 1995 8:16 AM
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I agree with those who say cooperative learning strategies are wonderful
teaching techniques, but if used constantly for every lesson, they also lose
their allure. In education, we always seem to be searching for the panacea.
When planning a lesson, I think it is the responsibility of the teacher to
decide which method best addresses the objectives of the lesson. Today I
might want the students to work in pairs; tomorrow I may have to lecture for
awhile and then have students work independently. On the next two or three
days, the students may work in their cooperative groups to solve some
challenging problems.

I also agree that students won't always like interactive teaching, but that's
not a good reason to skip it. Once when I was covering for another teacher
and we were doing a lesson which required all students to participate
independently and in pairs, a student asked when the regular teacher was
coming back. He said he was anxious for that because the regular teacher
just lectured and gave the assignment. He said it was so much easier because
he *didn't have to think.* This was in an advanced algebra class, but I've
had the same type of response working with primary students.

K-12 Iowa

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