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 Round Robin Brainstorming. A description of this cooperative procedure and a sample application for the Judaic classroom follows:
Round Robin Brainstorming: The teacher or a student poses a question that has multiple answers. Students, in quads, verbally share one new idea in round robin fashion with their quad members. Then students share answers with the entire class. The rules for brainstorming include:
1. say anything that comes to mind during the time limit.
2. you may repeat, modify or piggyback upon the ideas previously presented.
3. do not discuss, praise, criticize or reject any ideas presented.
4. select someone to record the ideas.
5. evaluate the ideas after brainstorming is completed.
Sample Application: How many Jewish holidays can you name?
On the next post we will describe and give a sample application of another cooperative learning procedure, Round Table.