Cooperative learning involves students working together to complete a task or project. Pairs usually work best in Kindergarten. The task is structured in such a way that involvement of each member contributes to completion of the task. Success is based on the performance of the pair rather than on the performance of each individual.
Cooperative learning stresses interdependence and promotes cooperation rather than competition. Establishing and maintaining cooperative group norms develops the concept of a community of learners.
Although there are many different methods of structuring cooperative learning, common guidelines include:
A Guide to Cooperative Learning
Cooperative Learning Resoures
Assessment and Evaluation Considerations
Observing cooperative learning groups in action allows you to effectively assess students' work and understanding. Cooperative learning groups also offer a unique opportunity for feedback from peers and for self-reflection.
Activities that involve cooperative learning
Activities for Gr 2- up
Activities for PreK-Gr 1
After each Cooperative Learning activity, you will want to debrief with the children by asking questions such as: What did you learn from this activity? How did you feel working with your teammates? If we do this again, how will you improve working together?