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Topic: co-operative learning
Replies: 10   Last Post: Jul 3, 1995 1:07 PM

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Ben Preddy

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Re: co-operative learning
Posted: Jun 29, 1995 7:17 AM
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Wayne,

>If teachers are to become
>more inovative in our teaching, we have to be given more
>preparation time.


Absolutely - also, if we could share our lessons with our fellow teachers
at our schools, and perhaps over a broader community, we might be able to
reduce that effort to a manageable level.

> The other question I would like to give to this
>discussion is :"Should we do away with lectures all together?"
>My answer is no. I think there is a place for teachers to
>share the knowledge they have acquired and that at times
>lectures are the best way. I belive that we need to find the
>proper balance between co-operative learning and lecture.


Lecture still serves several great purposes,
1) the teacher can model a process (problem-solving, conflict
resolution, listening, thinking, etc.)
2) the teacher can demonstrate interest in a topic - their personal
enthusiasm often motivates students.
3) the teacher can share life stories - to illustrate appplications
of ideas, or the power of mathematical thinking
4) to vary the learining format
5) its fun to stand in front of an audience

Have fun.

Ben







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