Last week we had to:
- think of a question
- engage 2 or 3 others in conversation about it for 15 minutes.
I used the statement – ‘We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are.’ Anaïs Nin
I assumed we would discuss my interpretation of that statement – as I hadn’t really considered there would be differing ideas of meaning – Lesson 1!
As a teacher, I am very aware of ‘co-operative learning’ which was delivered through Chris Ward at a 3 day Shetland Inservice Training Course. (see below)
The idea behind group discussion revolves around everyone taking part – one of the key points is to allow everyone to speak in turn in the initial 5 minutes (usually on something unrelated to the topic) to allow everyone to feel at ease and to prevent the barriers that can arise in normal conversation when you haven’t contributed. The longer you say nothing the harder it is to say something.
A second key point is seating arrangement – groups of 4 should have two people facing each other and groups of 3 should be in a triangular formation – this promotes easier flow of dialogue.
Personal Reflection: You are not a teacher out of school – so no need for the ‘teacher voice’! (Lesson 2)
I know cooperative learning is aimed at schools and other educational institutes but I feel it can be successfully applied in all areas where groups with ‘common aims’ come together.
Links and info on co-operative learning:
What is co-operative learning? http://www.co-operation.org/home/introduction-to-cooperative-learning/