Benifits of Language

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BENEFITS OF ACTIVE AND COOPERATIVE LEARNING 1. Provides opportunities for higher order thinking as opposed to passive listening. Reinforces listening to others and gives opportunity for immediate feedback and adjustment of thought. Students talking together provide for input and listening. Students often have to assess the thoughts/ideas of peers, determine whether they “fit” their own, whether they disagree, or partially agree. Students have an opportunity to speak their ideas/thoughts for better formulation. Some often say, “I didn’t think of that” or “That’s a different slant.” 2. Promotes greater student-faculty and student-student interaction. Students assist each other in understanding material/content. This…show more content…
Students may present projects, activities, etc. using a variety of approaches rather than the typical paper. They have more freedom to use their own strengths in the final product. Students may determine the form of projects and often work well beyond initial expectations. GETTING STARTED WITH ACTIVE TECHNIQUES 1. Talk to faculty using active learning and get ideas from them. 2. Observe classes where active learning is going on 3. Attend workshops, training sessions, or seminars on how to incorporate active learning approaches. 4. Read research and articles about the values and ways to use active learning. 5. Plan carefully and start with simple approaches. Pair work is often the easiest to begin using and has the least chance for social problems. • A worksheet in pairs is a simple way to start. • You may want to assign a reading and ask students to work together in class on a task related to what has been read. 6. Ask a colleague to observe active learning lessons and give constructive criticism. 7. If students are creating products, projects, etc., be sure to provide rubrics on how you will grade the results. PERCEIVED PROBLEMS WITH ACTIVE/COOPERATIVE TECHNIQUES 1. Loss of control over the class When a professor lectures, s/he maintains control over what is covered in a
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