Co-operative Team Spelling
Co-operative learning is not something that is done over and above the normal classroom activities, but should be integral to the way the classroom operates at all times. Once the basic principles (PIGSF) are understood it is important to try and develop individualistic activities into co-operative ones.
One such example is the use of co-operative learning with spellings.
To improve the learning of facts, spellings, tables etc.
Listening, sharing ideas, coaching, encouraging, suggesting ways of learning, talking quietly, giving feedback, helping recall
P I G S F
High. This is ensured by the establishment of a shared goal. Everyone is trying to improve their own performance and therefore that of the group. Highlight group performance and improvement.
High. Students are accountable for sharing ideas and supporting each others learning. There is a responsibility to improve own performance for the sake of the group as well as oneself. Tracking of individual performance by the teacher.
High and constant in a number of ways. Groups reflect on such questions as;
Will be taught as needed and will be dependant on the age and skill levels of the students. Not all skills need to be taught at once but as the need arises.
Encouraging, helping without giving answers, asking for help, explaining, suggesting ways of learning, reflecting.