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 Webbing. A description of this cooperative procedure and a sample application for the Judaic classroom follows:
Team Webbing: Each quad (i.e. team of four) is assigned one fact or concept which is written on a sheet of paper. With pen, pencil or marker in hand, each quad member silently and simultaneously records a related fact or concept, or writes a question on the paper. Each quad thus creates a team web of questions and answers which can serve as a springboard for future class discussion or inquiry.
Sample Application: When beginning a new unit, a team web can be used to determine what students know about a given topic, and what they would like to learn. Example: Places to visit in Israel.
On the next post we will share how to integrate Solomon’s Six Types of Information with five different cooperative learning procedures on the topic of Israel.