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Topic: co-operative learning
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Robert Wayne Ellis

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co-operative learning
Posted: Jun 27, 1995 9:30 PM
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I find the duscussion on co-operative learning very
interesting. I teach Algebra and Trigonometry in an urban
school district to classes mixed with "honor" and "regular"
students. I have tried to use co-operative learning with my
students for the last two or three years with mixed results.
Some days I find lessons which work great co-operatively and
other days they don't work at all. One thing I have learned is
that there is a difference in group work and co-operative
learning. Too often I think teachers put students in groups to
work problems and call it co-operative learning. While I agree
that this is better than having students work problems
individually, I do not think this is co-operative learning. I
have found that it takes much more preparation time to put
together a co-operative lesson than it it does for a lecture
lesson. I have had some lessons that were fantastic that took
longer to prepare than it did for the students to carry them
out. That brings me to the reason I don't use co-operative
learning more than I do. I do not have the time to do all the
planning I need to teach solely using co-operative learning.
With 5 classes to teach (4 different preparations), hall duty
and extra-curricular responsibilities, the time is not there to
prepare lessons as I would like. If teachers are to become
more inovative in our teaching, we have to be given more
preparation time.
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.
--
Wayne Ellis phone: (804) 780-6052 (school)
John Marshall High School (804) 321-8523 (fax)
4225 Old Brook Road
Richmond, VA 23227
rellis@pen.k12.va.us





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