The benefits of using cooperative groups within your classroom are numerous. It builds a sense of community, tolerance, mutual respect, and self confidence. Students develop a feeling of being a contributor. Allowing them to vocalize and discuss while learning, will enable them to better understand the objective taught. This becomes a great way to extend your lesson.
If your year is already into full swing, you don’t have to wait until the next school year to start your groups. You can start them anytime throughout the year.
This is a basic look at developing small, cooperative learning groups within your classroom. In this booklet, you will get an overview on how to set up your groups, and implement them very easilly. You will also receive suggested guidelines to pass on to your students pertaining to your expectations. Included are twenty mini activities to use in training your students when starting your groups, as well as, activities you can use with most any subject. You will also receive the response templates to some of the activities that require them.
You will receive all the information you will need to start these groups up in a short period of time. You could have these groups ready to go within just a few days.
Once you have successfully implemented the Huddle Group Program, the sky is the limit. You will be able to come up with activities that align with the curriculum you are currently teaching.
Again, you do not need to begin this program at the beginning of the year. It makes a nice change in your classroom climate anytime whether at the beginning, middle, or even towards the end of your school year.