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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Description and Application of Rally Round: A Cooperative Learning Procedure for the Judaic Classroom

When mentoring our pre-service and in-service teachers we need to describe and model both research-based and clinically tested best practices. Accordingly our mentees should know about the Cooperative Learning Model of Teaching.

One example of a cooperative learning procedure for the Judaic classroom is Rally Round. A description of this cooperative procedure and a sample application for the Judaic classroom follows:

Rally Round (*Spencer and Miguel Kagan, 2009): This is a four-step paired cooperative learning procedure.

1. Individuals brainstorm and record answers to a problem posed by the teacher or a student. Students are then placed into learning pairs.

2. Pairs take turns sharing answers. A states an answer from her list and B listens. If B has that answer on his list, he places a check next to his answer. If B does not have that answer on his list, he adds it to his list.

3. Then B gives a new answer, and A listens and records new information on her list. Note: A and B do not discuss their answers until the time limit has elapsed.

4. A and B discuss their answers.

Sample Application. Generate a list of Hebrew words that begin with the letter ____.

*Kagan, S. & Kagan, M. (2009). Kagan Cooperative Learning. San Clemente, CA: Kagan Publishing, .

On the next post we will describe and give a sample application of another cooperative learning procedure, Round Robin Brainstorming.

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