The Student Leadership Challenge is such an awesome website! There are dozens of lesson plans, activities, and projects for students to display their leadership skills. They offer an educational, yet fun and interactive way for students to engage with their peers and work together.
Talk about a gold mine! This is a wealth of ideas and strategies for using cooperative groups in the classroom. I liked the PDF files that provided examples of the type of products Laura has created for enhancing and integrating cooperative learning in her classroom based on the Kagan approach.
This is quite an interesting blog post that explains the age old cooperative learning strategy that we've all relied upon at one time in our teaching career. The author does an awesome job explaining the process of jigsaw and showing the other versions of this method as well.
Edutopia's three-part series follows a determined teacher as he transforms his crowded classroom space to enable deeper learning. In this video, Mr. Mattice and the designers from The Third Teacher Plus figure out what's working and what's not. I like the fact that this three part series shows a real classroom and how these strategies improved student learning.
These are 10 easy to use strategies that you can take and immediately implement into your classroom, regardless of the content! I particularly liked the fact that you can click on each strategy and be taken to a separate page with instructions provided in a Glogster, an awesome interactive online poster!
We all know evaluating cooperative learning is a mammoth task! This site provides 7 downloadable files to use in helping assess student work in cooperative learning assignments. I love the explanation provided for each file as well as the simple explanation of how it can be used in the classroom.
This strategy is one of my favorites to use in the science classroom. It works remarkably well with middle schoolers and this site does a great job explaining how to institute it in any classroom. I love this site as it also links to numerous other cooperative learning strategies that can be used across all contents and grade levels.