Are you looking for fun and different ways to engage your students and keep them motivated throughout the day? In today’s I talk about the difference of group work and cooperative learning.
I am also going to share 6 different ways you can group your students to provide for cooperative learning and engagement.
Cooperative Learning vs. Group Work
While these two things sound like they might be the same, they aren’t! They are similar, but also very different from each other. Cooperative Learning is group work with accountability and you can hear Dr. Kagan himself talk about that on an early episode I recorded with him!
I share my favorite cooperative learning structures I learned from Dr. Kagan himself and the Kagan training I received in my graduate program. I don’t think I said it in this episode, but I’ve said it in plenty of others- if you can get yourself to a Kagan training, DO IT!
After discussing the differences between the two, I share how my students were grouped on a day to day basis and six different ways you can group your kiddos to provide some diversity in who they work with.
- Clock Partners
- Matching Cards
- Folding Line
- Four Corners
- Stand Up, Hand Up, Pair Up
- Switch Grouping- my favorite that I only started using my last year!
I explain all six of the grouping structures in today’s episode and give some examples of how I used them in my classroom.
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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