Reflection On Cooperative Learning

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Background Over the years it has been observed that the majority of persons in the world portray a negative attitude towards uniting or working together in any sort. Jamaicans on a hold always quarrel and segregate themselves from others typically because they fail to display a positive attitude towards working together. I have observed that many students that I have previously taught had a phobia when working in pairs or groups. At times they would rather quarrel because they wanted to work alone. This behavior is then transferred to adulthood as they and they will be the ones representing clubs and other communities in activities such as sports and other games that will require them to work cooperatively. According to Spencer (1994) Cooperative Learning (CL) is a successful teaching strategy in which small teams, each with students of different levels of ability, use a variety of learning activities to improve their understanding of a subject. Students work through the assignment until all group members successfully understand and complete it. Cooperative Learning is important in the classrooms; it allows students to learn from each other. The school where I did my observation has a strong philosophy regarding how best students learn; it states that the teachers will encourage students to develop a critical thinking skill towards learning, so they can acquire knowledge that will help them perform at their best. The school also believed that teachers should allow

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