Cooperative Learning

Cooperative Learning

Within my curriculum we will be involved with a multitude of cooperative learning activities. Cooperative learning is a successful teaching strategy in which small groups, each with different levels of ability, use a variety of learning activities to improve their understanding of a skill or strategy. Each specified team member of the group is responsible for learning and for positively helping their teammates which ultimately creates an atmosphere of achievement. Cooperative learning or team building is the process that a group uses to solve both physical and mental challenges. While using this process and solving the challenges/tasks, the group learns how to share ideas, praise and encourage one another, physically and emotionally support one another, and gradually start becoming a team. The teacher's role is to clarify practice goals, ensure tasks are understood, demonstrate appropriate behavior, set time limits, supply direction, state objectives clearly, facilitate learning from monitoring group progress, and provide instruction and guidelines in effective group techniques.

Cooperative learning or team building is the one method used in physical education today that comes the closest to providing a non-threatening, peer-supportive environment for students. This concept when implemented appropriately in the physical education setting gives all children a chance to be both supportive of and supported by teammates regardless of their athletic skill or inclination.

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