Promote cooperative learning more effectively by transforming your classroom into a learning community. Experienced K–12 educators Paul J. Vermette and Cynthia L. Kline offer their Dual Objective Model as a tool for improving your students’ academic achievement and problem-solving skills, while encouraging their social and emotional development.
You’ll discover how to:
Emphasizing teamwork, persistence, communication, self-regulation, and empathy in a complex, diverse, and technological setting, these strategies can be easily incorporated into any curriculum. The book is filled with vignettes and sample exercises to help you apply the ideas to your own classroom. Each chapter includes a list of "Big Ideas," which invites you to consider how these strategies can evolve over time.
"Group Work that Works provides the groundwork for a responsive, empathic classroom in which all students enjoy 'home court advantage.' The voice of the student is heard.
In this book, the dual objectives of cognitive and affective development will lead the committed reader to put aside some preconceived notions of classroom instruction.
The classroom vignettes and case studies are well chosen to fit the whole student philosophy that is in every sinew of the book. Especially remarkable is the opportunity for the reader to reflect upon the scenarios, thereby exhibiting a path for teacher learning from experience.
Another positive feature is the comprehensive inclusion of major teaching ideas and frameworks such as those embedded in cooperative learning. The authors’ selection is well referenced and reflects the best wisdom in the teaching profession. The beauty of Vermette and Kline’s text is the bringing together of this collective wisdom into a cohesive, practical whole.
The authors show sensitivity to the teachers in their work settings, especially as it pertains to the need for evidence of student progress in both cognitive and affective domains. In general, they anticipate teachers’ concerns and speak directly to these.
If I were teaching teachers at undergraduate or graduate levels, I would use this text gladly and without hesitation."
--Frank T. Lyman,Jr. PhD.
Meet the Authors
The Real Question: "Why Should You Read this Book?"
Well-Structured Cooperative Learning: What? So what?
The Dual Objective Model: How Do We Implement Well-Structured CL?
What Do the Students Do in the CL Groups?
How Does the Teacher Build Effective Teams?
What Does the Teacher Do While Students Work?
"From Well-Meaning and Intuitive to Systematic and Intentional"
How does the Dual Objective align to the world of reform?
Connections and Commitments
How Does the Dual Objective Look in Practice?
Examining Examples and Exploring Challenges
Taxonomies of Affective Skills
Kagan’s Structural Approach