Cooperative learning groups play an important role in our class. Students learn to work together to meet a common goal. Cooperative learning requires that students respect individual opinions, recognize others talents or strengths, and help group members overcome areas of weakness. The meaningful discussion that takes place within these groups truly amazes me as I travel from group to group observing and assessing student understanding. They are learning to synergize. . .to cooperate! They are learning more than they realize. They are learning important life skills!

This is just one sample of a synergy activity that we did as a “before” or introduction to the lesson. This is our vocabulary 4-square. Groups are given a vocabulary word. The groups have to fill out “4-squares” of information associated with the vocabulary word.

Synergize. . .Together is Better!

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