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Topic: physical setup
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Re: physical setup
Posted: Jul 4, 1995 7:45 PM
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I have been using a classroom set up for cooperative learning to teach
geometry for the last two years. I have round tables that seat four, and put
my students in groups of three. That way I can move from table to table and
join in at "peer level" needed. We are using the CPM Change From Within
Curriculum (California), which is designed to work in a cooperative setting.
The students work well in this setting. I have computers scattered around
the classroom which are available as needed, but most of the work they have
been doing is non-computer based. We plan on integrating some computer-based
assignments in the Fall. Thoughts and ideas are: make sure there is enough
room between the tables - I know this sounds silly, but if there isn't, there
seems to be less a sense that they are an independent group, and more of a
sense that they can turn around and talk to someone else if there group gets
stuck. Also, be aware that if you set up a classroom in this fashion, it can
be difficult to get everyone's undivided attention if you decide to switch to
lecture format. But still, I wouldn't change back. It is a much less
teacher-centered and more group-centered environment.

Marilee DeBaun
Oak View High School
Oak Park, CA

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