Can we move on to topics other than cooperative learning, coaches (which has really been inappropriate on this list) and lecturing? It appears to me that there are posters who either favor such or don't. It doesn't appear that there is much meeting of the minds. Actually, I think that we've had the issues hashed and re-hashed enough. Those who are going to lecture are going to continue. Those who are convinced that cooperative learning is the way to go will continue.
I am a little dismayed that I haven't heard much to indicate that those using either are using it because it best fits the learning styles and development level of the students. Maybe, I'm wrong but I get the feeling that some are motivited by convenience for themselves. Oh, well.
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