Teaching Students to Work Cooperatively
by Ryan Walker
Dakota State University
Cooperative Learning: The greater the time students work together and the greater the responsibilities students take for their work, the greater the learning. Effective teachers spend their career learning better techniques to help their students succeed both in school and life.
Learning with other
students by instructional techniques
The teacher presents a lesson to the students
Student groups are given different activities to help them master objectives
Group and study strategies are taught by the teacher
Students work together to help one another
Students need to have an understanding not only of the teacher, but also of each other. Cooperative learning is a structured type of situation. Students use this structure to share solutions, clarify opinions, and develop skills for both teamwork and leadership. Cooperative learning is an added bonus for students because it prepares them for future leadership, group decision making, and conflict management. These skills are used to help students be successful late in life.
Students Can Assist Others When Learning Cooperatively
Ask for help, but also give help
Show that they are interested in what others are sharing
Look for evidence to support your evidence or change it
Talk about several answers before choosing just one
Ask more questions to try understand different points of view
Benefits of Cooperative Learning
How to Make Cooperative Learning Work: The students need to believe that learning cooperatively is the real deal and that everyone is in it together. Cooperative learning helps students develop future life skills so student interaction is crucial to group success. Groups need to assess each other to help each other improve in working together and of what they could do better. Students also need to understand that the overall group success depends on each other. Everyone has to be accountable and put forth an effort so that each member of the group can succeed.