teacher and student reading activity
Recently, Dr. David Kilpatrick has been taking the reading world by storm. As an educational psychologist, Kilpatrick set out to help other educational psychologists understand the research on reading assessment, instruction, and intervention.
It might seem like the stars need to perfectly align in order for successful cooperative learning to happen, but we as teachers have the power to align those stars. Creating strong, interdependent teams is one way to ensure collaboration is a huge value added to student learning.
The Colorado Teacher Evaluation Rubric asks teachers to "demonstrate an awareness of, a commitment to, and a respect for multiple aspects of diversity while working toward common goals as a community of learners." This is a laudable goal, and we can all agree that a respect for the diversity of humans is an important value for our students to develop.