#Teachnique - a term used to describe an engaging technique that can be used to teach.
As previously highlighted (see here) two ways we can implement coop learning are to adopt a structural approach to coop learning or an activity based approach.
The difference between the two would be that we could learn some coop structures that can be used in multiple learning environments or we can create specific cooperative tasks that are only useful for one particular purpose.
Spencer Kagan highlights this as he says 'if a teacher new to co-operative learning learns five activities, he or she might well report back after a week, 'those worked well, but what should I do next week'. If, instead, the teacher learns 5 structures, he or she could meaningfully include co-operative learning in lessons all year to further the academic progress of students in any subject matter.'
SO... in trying to take a structure approach to embedding coop learning, I am trying to frequently share some cooperative learning structures you can use with lots of different classes. Remember, give them a go, tell me how you got on. Feed back your success stories. Feed back your failures. Tell me of structures you value in your teaching.
REMEMBER THIS ONE THING - There are such a variety of structures in cooperative learning because they have different domains of usefulness. Quite simply this means that depending on the learning you want to accomplish in the class, whether that be problem solving, checking for knowledge or memorizing facts, some structures are better than others for that learning.
Coop learning structure two - Find-the-Fiction