Practice Cooperative Learning Activities
Classrooms that practice cooperative learning encourage kids to work in small and large groups that foster a working together or team approach to the learning process. Cooperative efforts in the classroom teach kids that when the individuals in a group strive to learn course material and then help other students in their group learn the same material, it creates an atmosphere of mutual achievement.
Kids work as one to reach a single goal. Every student learns:
He succeeds by helping his classmates succeed.
Every member plays a valuable role in the success of the group.
Members must work together to succeed or they will fail together.
The success of the group is more important than the success of the individual.
The five essential components of cooperation identified by Johnson, Johnson, & Holubec, 1993, are: positive interdependence (one child can't succeed unless they all succeed); face-to-face promotive interaction (applauding each others efforts); individual and group accountability (each child must contribute to the goal); interpersonal and small-group skills (teamwork); and group processing (examination of the ongoing process).
Cooperative learning activities allow kids to develop social and interpersonal skills, leadership skills, conflict management skills, and decision-making skills. These skills can help children learn to avoid being bullied (or being a bully) and to deal with the dynamics of bullying when it first occurs.