Monday, October 12, 2009

Monday October 12 - Collaboration in PBI STEM

Course Syllabus: Collaboration in PBI STEM (Krajcik Chapter 5)

Enacted Curriculum: Master Teacher Denise Ekberg began class by explaining the math and science classroom schedules at Bedicheck Middle School. PBI students signed up for teaching slots to launch their mini-projects the week before the field investigation.

Then, Professor Petrosino lectured on cooperative learning and ideas for effective practice in PBI STEM classrooms. He emphasized the role of teacher as designer and discussed definitions and traits of cooperative learning, ways of structuring interdependence (common goal, joint rewards, divided resources, complimentary roles), ways to assess and ensure individual accountability, and the importance of providing opportunities for group processing. The information provided in the PowerPoint presentation is based upon the “Learning Together” model developed by Johnson, D., Johnson, R. & Holubec, E. (1988). Circles of Learning: Cooperation in the Classroom. Edina, MN: Interaction Book Company.

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