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 (i.e.team 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, www.KaganOnline.com .
On the next post we will describe and give a sample application of another cooperative learning procedure, Reciprocal Teaching.