Co-operative learning made easy
|Co-operative learning made easy: A practical guide to working with tertiary student groups|
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Welcome to the Ako Aotearoa Cooperative Learning website!
Cooperative Learning is well documented as a method of learning that has huge benefits to students; this website will help you implement it successfully in your own classroom. It is aimed primarily at tertiary teachers but we are sure that it will be useful for primary and secondary teachers as well.
We know that you will find many CL ideas here that you can use but we hope that you will also contribute to the forum with your ideas, successes and questions. We have included a section for discussing any problems that you might be experiencing so please make sure that send them in to us – we know that implementing cooperative learning can be a bit tricky at first so we are keen to share our own experience with you and to ask others using the website for their input.
Ako Aotearoa has published our booklet “Cooperative Learning made easy: A practical guide to working with tertiary student groups” and this website is intended to complement the information and ideas it covers. We want to be sure that is really useful for you, though, so please let us know if there are any extra areas that you would like us to include in future.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Jill Clark and Trish Baker
CL “Quick thinks” in lectures.
Sometimes it is necessary to cover quite a lot of content in lectures and many teachers are worried that students will tune out after the first ten minutes or so. Help is at hand! There are many short cooperative exercises that you can use in a lecture no matter how many students you have in the class. If you have a “quick think” every ten minutes you will find that you retain students' attention and interest and that you do not lose much of the time you need for transmitting essential information. Many studies show that students retain far more from a lecture if it can be broken up this way. Here are some websites with a range of ideas that you might like to try: