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Eileen Abrahamson

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Re: nctm-l-digest V1 #86
Posted: Jul 13, 1995 11:06 AM
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> Jerome do you have any advice regarding how to get 7th and 8th graders to
>>work cooperatively. I'd appreciate any help you could give.


Although your post was specific to Jerome, I would like to discuss a hope,
a dream perhaps that I have for the future of education. Since I teach
fourth grade and use learning teams extensively I have been told by the
fifth grade teacher that receive my former students, that they are easier
and easier to get to work effectively together.

Consequently, my hope, is that as the elementary grades become more
effective at using cooperative approaches to learning, you (the collective
group of secondary teachers) will see a positive change in the abilities of
students to work together.

I suspect that the difficulty (in other words) comes from the fact that
they have been admonished for working together, (some call it cheating) for
the past seven years, and that is perhaps why they balk at it in the upper

Conversely, I also suspect that as the students work in learning teams more
and more in the elementary, they will 'fight' the tradition of working
independently in the secondary.

I am not saying that it is impossible for secondary to initiate this
change, but I do believe that if we begin in elementary you will definitely
see the difference.


Eileen Abrahamson
Edw. Neill Elemetary
13409 Upton Ave. So.
Burnsville, MN 55337

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