Cooperative and collaborative learning really helps students to engage deeply with a text, idea or other material being studied. The challenge is to ensure that all students are participating, staying on task and are accountable for their own learning and the learning of the entire group. Attached you will find a detailed overview of cooperative learning along with a tried and true way to assess student learning when they are working in groups. Additionally it shows you how to engage students and to help them to participate in creating the group norms. It is a great way to make group work meaningful and to support the Common Core State Standards in all content areas.