Cooperative learning is the use of small groups through which students work together to maximize their own and each other's learning.


Five Basic Elements of Cooperative Learning


Additional Elements of Effective Groups


Benefits of Cooperative Learning

Cooperative Learning helps to:


Five Roles of Group Members

(Individual roles that help groups stay on task)

Taskmaster - makes sure the group stays on task.

Checker - verifies that everyone agrees with an answer or approach and that all understand.

Gatekeeper - makes sure each person has a turn and that all participate about equally - no loafers and no bullies.

Praiser - encourages others to share ideas, give opinions, and work hard. Makes sure members know they have done a good job and are appreciated.

Recorder - documents responses and completes group evaluation forms.


Group and Individual Responsibilities

Each individual is responsible for:

As a team, students are responsible for:

Expected behaviors included:


Handling Group Situations

It should be noted that even when the group is having difficulties, the members should not expect the instructor to fix everything. A good rule of thumb is to try at least three times to solve the problem as a group or with the assistance of another group before calling on the instructor.


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