>I was just reading some of the posts on cooperative groups and a thought >struck me. Why does the group have to agree to one answer(method?)? Does >there have to be only one answer? What if there are multiple answers and >multilple methods that all make sense(at the very least to the student)? >This seems to be a problem because cooperative learning really is just one >step away from lecturing(the individual student now becomes the lecturer to >the other students and is now seen as the source of infromation instead of >each individual thinking on there own). > Perhaps if the questions were more open ended and diversity was >encouraged this would work better. I have used cooperative groups and have >had similar problems to the ones already posted here. I was just wondering >if this might have something to do with it? > > >scott
Scott, Could'nt agree with you more. When I have groups work on a problem, if another group/student has another (valid) approach, I give them additional bonus points. If two students disagree with each other i have them go to the board and work thru the problem for the class. A student with an error is not belittled - we all make errors. And I love problems with more than one correct answer - life is full of them. Thanks for your comments.