In the Classroom
Research has shown that cooperative education helps students learn more thoroughly and retain longer. Any academic lesson can be used with the components of the EnTeam process to produce a more creative learning environment. For example, weekly vocabulary words, arithmetic problems or geography concepts can be plugged into the EnTeam framework that will allow more learning to take place as the students work in teams.
Thus, students will bring out the best in each other, have more fun and retain more knowledge. This is a win-win situation for the students, as well as, for the teachers and education.
"The EnTeam reading game makes learning active, fast paced, and fun. It also makes reading a cooperative activity.”
-Barbara Rain, Ferguson Middle School science teacher and peer-mediation coordinator
Currently, EnTeam is facilitating at the Saturday Enrichment Academy in a 21st Century Project in the Ferguson-Florrisant School District in St. Louis, MO. Each Saturday the students participate in an EnTeam game and an academic activity that are tied into the MAP (Missouri Academic Proficiency) standards. The students are learning how to win together by strategizing ways to increase their knowledge (score) and by debriefing the experience to see what worked and what didn’t. Hopefully, the students then will be able to apply the skills of cooperating together and bringing out the best in each other to the many experiences in their daily lives.
“The pre and post tests given for our work on metrics indicated that after a few rounds of play the students answered more questions correctly."
-Jackie Richie, Principia Middle School science teacher
Last Updated (Saturday, 19 December 2009 17:48)