Friday, August 26, 2005

"Turn to the person beside you..."

...and that's what we did for about three hours during the workshop on Cooperative Learning during Professional Development Week in August.

Dr. Hill presented various techniques for incorporating cooperative learning into the classroom, and then we practiced on each other.

I liked the part when Dr. Hill asked us to "turn to the person beside you" and find out who had been teaching the longest. Steve Adams won...teaching for over three decades, but there were lots of runner-ups. We probably had over 250 years of teaching in that room!

So Dean Dopson thought it would be a good idea if participants might share which techniques they are trying in their classrooms, and what kinds of results they are having.

Dr. Hill says the research indicates that these techniques really do increase students' retention...
What do we say?


At 4:57 PM, Blogger Holly Smith said...

I responded to Dr. Hill's diagram on the knowledge retention of students based on teaching delivery techniques. I have personally found that teaching an element to another person does in fact make that element more memorable. For example, I never really understood clauses until I had to teach students about clauses.

In my literature courses, I have my students teach elements of the course to the class using informal presentations. The fringe benefits are great; The students are more likely to read the material. They also participate more in the course and discussion. I enjoy being in the class much more when my students are ready and willing to participate, and what better way is there to get participation than requiring it and expecting it from the class?

At 12:18 PM, Blogger Vickie Lepore said...

I've been using the "paired technique" when I ask the students to discuss with each other what constitutes plagiarism, and also how they might avoid unintentional plagiarism. The plagiarism information is printed on a brochure, so they can check for the accuracy of their discussion. It's very helpful when the instructor is there to explain the consequences of plagiarized papers.

At 2:02 PM, Blogger Senordopson said...

Cooperative learning seems so inviting to me. Often, we have students who really have a great deal of knowledge about very specific concepts, and yet, rarely is that knowledge revealed unless there is some way for them to dialogue in the classroom. This is one way to allow that. Today's society of bloggers, internet buffs, and emailers expect to be participatory in their learning. Gone are the days when students would sit idly by as the instructor poured forth wisdom. Yes, students will still sit there, but are they fully tuned in? Using "turn to your neighbor and..." gets students actively involved in the lesson, and it also allows me to evaluate their current understanding of the concepts I'm teaching. I noticed that Susan modeled the way she teaches her classes by using many of the techniques with us during our learning session. This is my first blog too.

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