This week’s episode is with my teacher friend Sarah. Sarah and I talk about best practices when it comes to using cooperative learning vs. group work in the elementary classroom. We also talk about practical things a teacher can do to take care of themselves.
Sarah and I met through the Teacher Fellows program back in 2012! We worked in the same district for six years so it was always fun running into her at different district wide trainings or PDs.
Sarah is currently a fourth grade teacher but has experience in fourth and fifth grade- so you older elementary teachers (I mean…not actual older, but teaching older kids!) listen up!
Cooperative Learning in the Classroom
I brought Sarah on the podcast because she is incredibly wise person and very intentional teacher. Sarah recently became a trainer for Kagan Cooperative Learning and gets to help teach other teachers about the amazingness of Cooperative Learning!
If you have been interested in learning about Kagan or how to incorporate cooperative learning into your daily lessons, then you will really like this episode! She also shares a ton of great resources you can access to learn more!
We also talk about some other things like Sarah’s recent transition to a new school that she helped open. Of course, because it always seems to come up, we talk about self care and finding the elusive balance when it comes to work life and personal life.
I love how Sarah reminds us that our KIDS can help us be more productive with our time! We don’t have to do everything all the time- our kids can be a really big help to us! It’s all about working smarter not harder. Sarah shares a really fun lesson she did with her kids to teach personal financial literacy and I think you will love it!
We share a TON of resources, so check out the list below!!!
Resources Related to Cooperative Learning
I’d love for you to have a listen HERE! And I would especially love it if you shared it with your other teacher friends!!!
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Until next time,
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