What children can do together today, they can do alone tomorrow.
~ Lev Vygotsky, 1962
Cooperative learning is a powerful teaching strategy that's more than just a passing fad. Research has shown that when implemented properly, students in cooperative learning classrooms outperform their peers in traditional classrooms. The key is knowing how to implement the strategies to foster interaction while making sure all students are held accountable. Dr. Spencer Kagan developed the "structural" approach to cooperative learning, and I've found it to be extremely effective. I highly recommend his book Cooperative Learning which is available from Amazon.com. Below are some cooperative learning pages on my site that you might find helpful.
The activity sheets and blackline masters below are helpful if you already know how to use Cooperative Learning strategies. If not, I would suggest reading some of Kagan's books to get you started. If you have problems viewing or printing the files below, please read the Helpful Hints on my Adobe Acrobat Reader Help page.
Click the covers below to find each title on Amazon.com.