Helping Your Child with School Work Can Be Fun!
By Adrianna Savvides, Psychealth Junior Academy
Cooperative learning tips for mothers who are tutors at home
The day you become a parent, your life transforms entirely. You are no longer just merely an individual; your identity changes, you can no longer just think of only yourself and your immediate needs. Now your life’s focus and ambition is to nurture and love your child to the best of your knowledge. It is true! We are never given any instruction book at the hospital bed, upon delivery, teaching us how to raise our children. On the contrary, we might read some self-help books on how to nurture, feed, change, and take care of our children as per someone’s vision or research, but can you ever be fully prepared on what to expect with your own child?
Some things are always left to mystery, and shall be uncovered in due time.
Our roles as parents shift ever so often, that sometimes, you feel like you are taking on different identities to fully meet all needs and desires of your own child. The question is, how can you successfully help your child at home succeed in school? How can you bond more with your child over a painful matter like education? How can you train your child to become a responsible and fully aware individual of what is expected of them? All of these are questions that need some immediate attention.
Whether you are a stay at home mom or a working parent, you must set some time aside to spend with your child. Endless studies have shown that it is fundamental for their psychological and social well-being, for a parent to spend some quality time with their children. Therefore, by setting aside this time to bond with your child, you will find that your relationship enhances excessively especially that you are mostly learning how to communicate with one another. The key is to learn how to transform this painful experience of shouting and screaming to get a task done, to a pleasant and fun time to spend with your child where learning is the key focus of that time. Therefore, learning becomes a cooperative task, known as cooperative learning. In a classroom setting, cooperative learning promotes a sense of team building exercises and learning is centered around student’s cooperation amongst their teammates.
By definition: What is Cooperative Learning?
According to David and Roger Johnson of the University of Minnesota and Johnson & Johnson model, cooperative learning is instruction that involves students working in teams to accomplish a common goal, under conditions that include the following elements:
1. Positive interdependence
Team members are obliged to rely on one another to achieve the goal. If any team members fail to do their part, everyone suffers consequences.
2. Individual accountability
All students in a group are held accountable for doing their share of the work and for mastery of all of the material to be learned.
3. Face-to-face promotive interaction
Although some of the group work may be parceled out and done individually, some must be done interactively, with group members providing one another with feedback, challenging reasoning and conclusions, and perhaps most importantly, teaching and encouraging one another.
4. Appropriate use of collaborative skills
Students are encouraged and helped to develop and practice trust-building, leadership, decision-making, communication, and conflict management skills.
5. Group processing
Team members set group goals, periodically assess what they are doing well as a team, and identify changes they will make to function more effectively in the future.
Cooperative learning is not simply a synonym for students working in groups. But also, a learning exercise that qualifies as cooperative learning to the extent that the five listed elements are present.
Cooperative learning promotes the following aspects:
1. Johnson, D. W.; Johnson, R. T.; Stanne, M. E. Cooperative Learning Methods: A meta-analysis. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis: Cooperative Learning Center, 2000; http://www.cooperation.org/pages/cl-methods.html(accessed October 5, 2006). 2. http://www4.ncsu.edu/unity/lockers/users/f/felder/public/Papers/CLChapter.p df
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