Co-operative Learning - the power of peers!


Co-operative Learning should not be confused with group work. If students are working in an unstructured interaction, then this is group work. Co-operative Learning activities, on the other hand, must have all four of the following elements:
•    Positive Interdependence
•    Individual accountability
•    Monitor the groups
•    Equal Participation

Research verifies that students’ results improve with co-operative learning as opposed to individual learning (Hattie, 2009). With co-operative learning, students have the opportunity to see other perspectives, there are more opportunities to discuss, debate and challenge the material being learnt and there are greater opportunities for peer tutoring.

Time: 90 minutes - 3 hours

A. Co-operative Learning 
•    Ensuring all co-operative learning activities have the PIME criteria
•    Avoiding the pitfalls
•    What does the research say?
•    Why is co-operative learning so effective?

B. Co-operative Learning Tools
•    Silent Card Shuffle – for matching, sequencing, classifying and positioning activities
•    Round Robin and Hot Potato – for brainstorming activities
•    1:4:Publish:Circle:Refine – for writing and creative / design tasks
•    Think:Pair:Share – allows thinking time and more thoughtful responses
•    Stimulus RAS Alert – for improved retention of a film, field trip or book. 
•    Judge Jury – for debatable topics
•    3:2:1: RIQ – for consolidating information