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Cooperative Learning. A Mini-Lesson By: Linda Mac Intyre. Cooperative Learning. Students need to : be attentive listeners. appreciate the ideas and statements expressed by other students. Cooperative Learning. allow other students the right to pass. show respect for each other.

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cooperative learning

Cooperative Learning

A Mini-Lesson

By: Linda Mac Intyre

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Cooperative Learning

Students need to :

  • be attentive listeners.
  • appreciate the ideas and statements expressed by other students.
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Cooperative Learning
  • allow other students the right to pass.
  • show respect for each other.
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Inside/Outside Circles
  • Encourages dialogue between students.
  • Allows for movement
  • Allows for different interactions
  • Problem or question can be shown visually and orally .
  • Allows students the right to pass and not answer.
inside outside circles strategy 1
Inside/Outside Circles Strategy #1
  • Half the class forms a circle
  • The other half of the class forms another circle inside facing a student in the other.
  • Teacher reads a poem and asks a question.
  • All students are given time to think of the answer.
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Inside/Outside Circles ……
  • Person on the inside tells the person on the outside how they would solve the problem.
  • When the person is finished they say “Pass”.
  • The outside person will share or extend the thinking.
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Inside/Outside Circles ……
  • Before the next question have the outside person rotate once to the left or right.
  • Next question.
  • Think, pass, extend answer…
think pair share strategy 2
Think- Pair- Share Strategy #2

Group the class into pairs, Student A and Student B.

Problem or question is presented by the teacher

Student A and Student B think quietly.

Teacher notifies “think time” has ended.

Student A tells Student B

Student B tells Student A

Teacher randomly asks students to share.

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Four Corners Strategy #3
  • Students need to make up their own minds and not be influenced by others.
  • Students need time to think.
  • Students are to start sharing once all students have a partner.
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Four Corners Strategy #3
  • Begin with a statement.
  • Each student chooses a corner that best captures their view or response.
  • They move to that corner.
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Four Corners …..
  • Once they move to the corner they pair up and share why they made that decision.
  • Students should be prepared to share their response and partner’s if asked.
three step interview strategy 4
Three- Step Interview Strategy #4
  • Students
  • Share their thinking
  • Ask questions
  • Take notes
  • Have the right to ask for more time to think or pass.
uses for the three step interview
Uses for The Three- Step Interview
  • Sharing key ideas in reports, homework
  • concept maps, units of study.
  • Share their views on a question, problem or topic.
  • Share their thoughts on a book, article or chapter they just read.
  • Use video or tape while interviewing.
three step interview
Three- Step Interview
  • Each student is assigned a letter
  • A = interviewer
  • B = interviewee
  • C = reporter
  • Roles rotate after each interview
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Three- Step Interview….
  • After all interviews students share their key information when they were person C.
place mat strategy 5
Place Mat Strategy #5
  • Format of a place mat.
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Place Mat Strategy ….
  • Students are in groups of four.
  • Each student has a section to brainstorm ideas on their own in quiet.
  • Students share their thinking with group
  • Each student has the right to pass and share later.
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Place Mat Strategy ….
  • Key ideas of group are placed in the middle square.


  • Students may cut out their section , move, and share with another group.
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Graffiti Strategy #6

Creative brainstorming

  • Groups consist of 3- 4 students
  • Each group has a different colored marker
  • Each piece of chart paper has a topic in the middle of the paper.
graffiti strategy
Graffiti Strategy ….
  • The students have 30 seconds to think of the topic on the paper.
  • They have 60-90 seconds to record ideas
  • They stop, move to next paper and write more ideas.
  • Continue until all papers have been visited.
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Graffiti Strategy …..

Further Ideas:

  • Words or drawings can be used.
  • Character sketches of stories, initial unit of study(a country) with questions formed from original sheet
  • Creating math sentences from a number with group checking problems on original sheet.
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Jigsaw Strategy #7
  • Each student has an important role
  • Divide students into groups of 5 or 6
  • One person from each group is the leader.
  • Divide the information into segments.
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Jigsaw Strategy ….
  • Assign each student to learn one segment.
  • Allow time for each student to read it twice and become familiar with it.
  • Form temporary expert groups to discuss segment.
  • Bring students back to original group.
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Jigsaw Strategy ….
  • Each student presents their segment to the group.
  • Members of the group may ask questions.
  • Group leader helps to keep students on task.
  • Aronson, E. (2000). Jigsaw classroom: Jigsaw in ten easy steps. Social Psychology Network. Retrieved July 27, 2003 from
  • Bennett, B. & Rolheiser (2001). Beyond Monet: The Artful Science of Instructional Integration.Toronto, Ontario: Bookation Inc.