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Cooperative Learning Strategies in Social Studies!
Transcript of Cooperative Learning Strategies in Social Studies!
Why cooperative learning strategies?
The Strategies Themselves
Structures are very specific cooperative learning strategies that teachers can use to organize interactions between students. As the teacher, you can manipulate and adapt any strategy to work for your teaching style.
How will they help me in social studies?
Social studies is a subject that is always changing and adapting to the world around us. By having students work strategically together, they can create a learning environment that is both proactive and productive.
Can I use them anytime?
Yes! Some structures regulate interaction between pairs, some are best for team work, and others involve the entire class. The key is learning which structure is best-suited for a particular instructional purpose. You can usually find a place in any of your lessons to try out these cooperative learning strategies.
Numbered Heads Together
After writing their own answer to a question, teammates put their "heads together" to ensure all members can answer. The teacher then calls a number and students with that number share their answers.
Timed Pair Share
In pairs, students share with a partner for a predetermined time while the partner listens. Then partners switch roles.
During discussion, teammates place their chip in the center each time they talk. They cannot talk again until all teamembers have palced a chip.
Stand up, Hand up, Pair up.
Pose students with a question, and give them enough time to think about the question. Then have them stand up and find a partner in the room that they do not sit by. Have one partner be A, and one be B. Partner A answers first, and then partner B answers the same question.
How You Could incorporate technology!
If you have a Smart Board in your room this is a great tool for students to get interactive with their learning!
Smartexchange.com is a great resource to find Smart Board activites that you can just download and use!
You could also have your students research a topic of your choosing a do a writing project on it.
This a great website to use if you need help incorporating technology with social studies!
Are they easy to use?
Example: Number students 1-4 and pose the question; "What is a law?" Have the students
Give students a question about the election process and have them talk about it with their partners (Name three different parts of the election process)
This strategy would help build a strong community in the classroom. Have students talk about how they can be a good friend to one another.
This is a great website for teachers because it discusses why teaching social studies is incredibly important. Very motivating!
Example: Ask your students to think about how they could help their community and be a good citizen.