Rachel Kemper- Rachel Kemper came to my room twice to help me with math related questions. I was interested in learning more about using the computer to make "tables" with rows and columns. She was very helpful and eager to impart her skills. Nominated by Vergie Opdycke
First Grade Team-A huge shout-out to the first grade team for not only welcoming us, but also going above and beyond making sure we were ready to get started! Could not have done this without Chelsea, Sherri, and Whitney! Thank you for being such a great team! Nominated by Laura Dondzila
I found this site through Lisa Lund's website and found it very easy to use. It would be great for kids to create projects with and is super user friendly. I hope you enjoy!
FAQ: I was in a group once also. In my group a few members did all the work. Doesn't cooperative learning mean a free ride for some and extra work for others?
- "No. The design of formal cooperative learning methods ensures that each student must contribute if the group is to reach its goal. In this way, the formal cooperative learning methods differ from informal, collaborative groups which often do not ensure that the contribution of each member is necessary for success. Cooperative learning methods are structured so that no individual can coast on the efforts of his/her teammates. Learning is individually assessed and students are individually accountable for their own learning gains." Spencer Kagan
Structures to try sometime soon
Mix-Pair-Share-the class "mixes" until the teacher calls, "pair." Students find a new partner to discuss the teacher's questions
Jot Thoughts-Students brainstorm in teams. Teammates write an idea on a slip of paper, announce it to the team, and place it on the team table. The team tries to cover the table with ideas
Timed Pair Share-In pairs, students share with a partner for a predetermined time while the partner listens. Then partners switch roles.