Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Cooperative Learning in the Math Classroom

Here is a wonderful video from Edutopia. It shows Chris Opitz, a teacher in Anchorage, Alaska, and how he teaches social and emotional skills at the beginning of the academic year with his fifth grade students. The children in his class learn to talk and listen to each other with respect and when they can do that, the lessons can really take off. This is a 9 minute video, but you will want to watch it more than once. This is a great teacher at work and there is so much modeling being done and Chris explains what he is doing as the video plays. You can also see the video here along with all sorts of resources that Chris includes to take you deeper into how he runs his class.

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