There are so many varieties of cooperative learning that can be used in our classroom! I had no idea that there were so many options. Some of these strategies can yield team building, classroom building, communication, mastery and concept development, and many more valuable characteristics in your classroom. Think-pair-share and Jigsaw are two strategies that I really like. In think-pair-share students think to themselves about a topic first, then turn to a partner and discuss, then they share with the whole class. This is a quick and useful strategy to help students work together and improve their meta-cognitive skills as they think about their own thinking and discuss their thoughts with a partner, come to a conclusions, and finally share their answer. Another activity is Jigsaw. In Jigsaw each member of a team becomes an expert on one topic the members from other teams who are becoming experts on the same topic. These students meet together to determine information and become knowledgeable of the topic, then return to their original group to teach the members of their group everything they have learned.
Check out this video to learn more about Jigsaw!
Check out this video to learn more about Think-Pair-Share