Cooperative Work Groups: Preparing Students for the Real World

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Mandel outlines how educators can design meaningful learning experiences that will effectively develop a student’s ability to thrive in the twenty-first century’s workforce.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761938767
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 7/30/2003
  • Series: 1-Off Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.26 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott M. Mandelis a National Board-certified teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District. He has worked as a teacher, administrator, and inservice leader for more than 25 years. The author of nine teacher education books, Mandel is also the founder and director of the Teachers Helping Teachers Web site. He received his Ph D in curriculum and instruction from the University of Southern California.

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Table of Contents

About the Author
Why Cooperative Work Groups?
The New Classroom Battle: What Today's Businesses Want Versus Traditional Teaching
Components of the Cooperative Work Group Concept
Cooperative Work Groups
The Scope of this Book
Part I: The Way Students Accomplish Tasks
1. An Advanced, Modern Form of Cooperative Learning
Putting Theory Into Practice: How Could They Make a Difference?
2. Group Formation
Putting Theory Into Practice: Mr. Washington's Cooperative Work Groups
3. Leadership
Putting Theory Into Practice: Distributing the Leaders
4. Materials
Putting Theory Into Practice: Collecting Curricular Material for Student Use
5. Teacher Role: Critical Thinking and Classroom Management
Critical Thinking: A Core Component of Student Work
Classroom Management
Putting Theory Into Practice: Planning for Higher-Order Thinking Skills and Dealing With Problems
6. Assessment
Putting Theory Into Practice: Assessing the Experience
A Final Note
Part II: The Way Students Learn Effectively and Efficiently
Putting Theory Into Practice: Why Do They All Have to Be So Different?
7. Brain Research: The Multiple Intelligences
A Quick Overview
Integrating the Multiple Intelligences Into the Classroom Curriculum
Classroom and Group Management Incorporating the Multiple Intelligences
Putting Theory Into Practice: Addressing the Students' Multiple Intelligences
8. Teacher Use of the Multiple Intelligences
Putting Theory Into Practice: Determining the Students' Multiple Intelligences
9. Integrating the Multiple Intelligences Into Cooperative Work Group Experiences
Looking at the Classroom Holistically
Using the Multiple Intelligences in the Presentation of Curricular Material
Using the Multiple Intelligences in the Creative Work of Students
Putting Theory Into Practice: Using the Multiple Intelligences in Group Formation
A Final Note
Part III: The Internet as the Ultimate Educational Resource Center
Putting Theory Into Practice: Using the Information Super-Curriculum
10. The Concept, Reality, and Cost of Digital Literacy
Digital Literacy in Today's Classroom
Establishing Student Access Within the School
Putting Theory Into Practice: Determining the Quality and Quantity of Internet Access
11. How to Locate Curricular Material on the Internet
Integrating the Internet Into the Curriculum
Search Engines and Directories
General Education Web Sites
Comprehensive Subject Matter Web Sites
Specialty Sites
Teacher Guest Books
Putting Theory Into Practice: Finding Internet Resources for Students
12. Integrating the Internet Into Cooperative Work Group Experiences
Determining the Best Use of Online Resources
Knowing When to Use, or Not Use, Technology
How to Integrate Online Material Even When There Is No School Access to the Internet
Parental Issues: Security Concerns and Public Relations
Putting Theory Into Practice: Dealing With the Last Issues
A Final Note
13. Summary
Part IV: Some Practical Examples of Teacher Unit Plans
Science: A Trip to the Rain Forest
Language Arts/History: The World of Zlata's Diary
History/The Arts: Ancient Egypt - The Afterlife
Math: Real Life With Fractions, Decimals, Ratios, Proportions and Percentages
Resource A: Index of URLs
Resource B: Student Multiple Intelligence Assessments
Resource C: An Example of an Internet Acceptable Use Policy Contract
Resource D: A Cooperative Work Group Lesson Plan Form

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