Monday, December 15, 2008

Marzono's 9 Best Practices - Cooperative Groups

A bit of pedagogy please. A renown educational guru, Robert Marzano came up with 9 instructional strategies to help students learn. (Since it is mostly teachers who read this blog, I'm sure this is not news to you). One of my assignments in my Digital Classroom Study is to take a strategy and go techno on it. Well, I found a web site: http://www.eesd.org/marzano/#one. But I didn't think that would get me the grade I wanted, since the assignment was to use it in my class... problem, this assignment is due in two days, and I am now just looking at it. But the angels are looking down upon me, becasue as I scroll down the web page of Marzano's practices I come across this Cooperative Groups. For the past month my students have broken up into different reading groups, going through level animal novels and doing all of thier assignments on the wiki. Here are just a few of the assignments:
  • On Kidspriation students created a setting plot for the story Poppy and uploaded the image as a jpg on our Wiki.
  • Students took different characters from the novel and found different pictures that represent that person's character traits.
  • Students wrote summaries together about the chapters they read.
  • Students started discussions on some of the issues brought up by the novels. Other students commented.
My first Wiki adventure is not as polished I would have liked it, but it was fun, and I am very glad my class entered into this adventure with me.

Go check it out!

http://obeefourthgrade.wikispaces.com/

1 comment:

Tammy said...

Wow, Becky, this is great! I love the way your students are collaborating. It's wonderful. Keep it up.