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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Description and Application of Team Question and Answer: 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 Team Question and Answer. A description of this cooperative procedure and a sample application for the Judaic classroom follows:

*Team Question and Answer (*Spencer and Miguel Kagan, 2009): This is a review cooperative learning procedure. A student may pose a question to the teacher or the class only when the members of her quad ( of four) do not know the answer or have different answers to that question. The teacher can add the following rule: A student may ask the teacher a question (a) when her team mates do not agree upon an answer and (b) after consulting with another quad.

Sample Application: Use this as a review for a test or quiz in any Judaic subject.

*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, Reciprocal Teaching.

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