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Re: [Channel-talkchemistry] Reactions in chemistry workshop #7

From: Kristen Vanderveen <kvanderveen@psharvard.org>
Date: Tue Nov 16 2004 - 08:56:40 EST
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I agree with you aboutthe usefulness of cooperative groups!
 This has increasingly the way I teach; it works extremely
well when combined with teacher-led modelling. I typically
establish assigned "base groups" for problem solving early
in the year, so the students get used to working with each
other. Currently the students are assigned to homogeneous
groups based on achievement (in the past, all groups were
randomly assigned, and I'm curious as to how much a
difference this will make, compared to randomly assigned
groups). I have found that the more cooperative learning I
do, the more comfortable and better prepared the students
are. I took a course on cooperative learning this past
summer and developed a lot of good resources specifically
for my chemistry classes. I'd be happy to post them if
anyone is interested.

Kristen VanderVeen
Chemistry Teacher
The Bromfield School
14 Massachusetts Avenue
Harvard, MA

On Mon, 15 Nov 2004 07:08:08 -0600
 Joe Lannan <jlannan@esu3.org> wrote:
> Classroom climate can take several years to develop. I
> have my student
> evaluation at the end of each year. I keep a file of
> those and I drag them
> out every year to remind myself what I have improve on
> and what I still have
> to work on. ...outstanding teachers makes class feel
> relaxed and makes
> the class participate... is a balance between setting
> high standards and
> holding students to those standards and developing a
> classroom atmosphere
> where students feel safe to ask and answer questions. I
> have had both my
> daughters in class and I always appreciate their
> feedback. Some of those
> personal traits that are important in good teaching
> include being patient
> and fair while being enthusiastic and calm. A lot of the
> work my students
> do involve working in cooperative groups. I have found
> over years that
> students working together can be very effective in
> explaining complex
> chemistry topics.

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