Cooperative learning is highly recommended as a method to help middle school students learn for multiple reasons. Discuss the benefits of cooperative learning, choose one strategy, describe it, and then explain how the strategy could be used to deliver content and social skills within your disciplines.

 

Cooperative learning has many benefits for children and adults at every level, though it can be especially useful in the middle because of its propensity to allow for social interaction. Cooperative learning exists when students work together to accomplish shared learning goals, and its value “has been recognized throughout human history. Organizing individuals to work in support of one another and putting the interests of the group ahead of one's own are abilities that have characterized some of the most successful people of our time. Group learning, with its roots in ancient tribal customs, has traditionally been a part of educational practice” (Holt, Chipp, and Wallace).Cooperative learning can be used in all disciplines, and the benefits are apparent in all of these subjects, especially as far as social skills are concerned. Using the Jigsaw II method, teachers can ensure knowledge within their subjects, while also promoting interaction between students, and allowing students to help teach one another.

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