Students’ active involvement, effective learning, and soft skills are KEY elements in 21st-century education, and we can enhance them through effective cooperation.
If educators can support collaborative learning environments, students can work together to reach relevant shared goals, acquiring notions and competencies that will make a difference in their own lives.
Collaboration and cooperation in learning environments enable learners to:
- Feel Active and Useful;
- Feel Integrated into a Group;
- Learn mutual Trust and Respect;
- Have better Motivation and Self-esteem;
- Access Learning Contents in alternative and enjoyable ways;
- Get Inspiration from others, as well as Creativity and Learning-to-learn skills;
- Effectively deal with the Pros and Cons of living together and learning together.
As educators, trainers and teachers know, managing collaboration, cooperation, working groups, and teams requires skills. This course aims at fostering them through active reflections and hands-on activities, which will be suitable for different subjects and applicable at different levels.
By the end of the course, you will know how to better manage collaborative and cooperative learning strategies in your class, modeling activities that make learning more fun and effective, improve school relationships, and promote students’ personal and social growth.
The course will help the participants to:
- Acquire clear notions about collaboration and cooperation;
- Analyze pros and cons of a variety of collaborative strategies;
- Practice a great range of cooperative activities;
- Be aware of possible precautions to take in team work;
- Incorporate ideas, techniques, and cooperative tasks in their own lessons for determined learning goals.
The schedule describes likely activities but may differ significantly based on the requests of the participants, and the trainer delivering the specific session. Course modifications are subject to the trainer’s discretion. If you would like to discuss a specific topic, please indicate it at least 4 weeks in advance.
Day 1 – Course introduction
- Introduction to the course, the school, and the external week activities.
- Icebreaker activities.
- Presentations of the participants’ schools.
Day 2 – A collaborative classroom environment
- Preliminary notions
- A collaborative classroom environment
- Dangers and cautions of group work
- Dividing students into groups
Day 3 – A collaborative classroom
- Strategies for collaborative brainstorming
- Techniques for group discussions
- Cooperative tasks
Day 4 – Class projects & group assessment
- Cooperation: class projects
- Peer and Group Assessment
Day 5 – Cooperative learning strategies in the classroom
- How – when – for what can I use cooperative learning strategies in my class
- Create lesson plans for your own students
Day 6 – Course closure & excursion
- Course evaluation: round-up of acquired competencies, feedback, and discussion;
- Awarding of the course Certificate of Attendance.
- Teachers (primary, secondary, vocational, adult, special needs);
- Teacher trainers;
- Careers officers;