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Module 3 - Cooperative Learning

As many of the district and building leadership teams identify improving instruction for all students as a goal or strategy in their Ohio Improvement Process (OIP graphic) plan, we’d like to turn our attention to some high yield strategies and resources that are available through INFOhio. Many of you may be familiar with Dr. Robert Marzano’s Instructional Strategies. These are research-based strategies with proven results on how they affect and improve student achievement when used in a classroom setting. Let’s begin by looking at the instructional strategies of Module 3, Cooperative Learning.

The INFOhio DIALOGUE Framework uses an Inquiry-based approach to instruction and research. In the DIALOGUE model, the ʻOʼ is for Organizing and Applying information. This is just one area of the Inquiry Process where Cooperative Learning -- the subject of this video -- works well. When students are giving opportunities to interact with each other in a variety of ways, their learning is enhanced. "Effective cooperative learning occurs when students work together to accomplish shared goals and when positive structures are in place to support that process" (Johnson & Johnson, 1999). Cooperative learning involves more than just placing students in groups.  They must learn and master skills for working in groups.

Marzano's recommendations for classroom practice include:

  • using elements of cooperative learning

    • positive interdependence

    • face-to-face promotive interaction

    • individual and group accountability

    • interpersonal and small group skills

    • group processing

  • varying grouping criteria

  • managing group size (3-5 are recommended)

The academic study skill of Cooperative Learning is one of the most powerful tools for students to use to understand collaborative work. Module 3, Cooperative Learning, focuses on several specific instructional strategies -- managing cooperative planning groups and collaborative instruction. INFOhio has produced this video in partnership with Montgomery County Educational Service Center to demonstrate how developing these skills might be integrated into a lesson or unit.

 You are about to see a team of 8th grade teachers who have planned an integrated unit on bullying and inclusiveness. They work at the Dayton Regional STEM School -- one of 10 public Science, Technology, Engineering and Math schools across Ohio. The team of teachers includes Language Arts, Wellness & Fitness, Math and STEM Foundations. The Stem Foundations course focuses on metacognition and is required for 7th and 8th grade students. It uses art and technology to help students develop five qualities stressed at the school ---

- persistence
- inquiry
- communication
- creativity, and
- collaboration.

The overarching goal of this unit is to help students understand bullying and discover ways a school environment can be more inclusive.
You will see the teachers discussing how the cooperative learning groups were created and the tools used to help the groups function effectively. You will watch some of the student groups as they research their topic, analyze the school-wide survey they created, plan their end products, and struggle with group dynamics.
The resources used in the video, as well as an expanded list of the questions, can be found and printed under the Resources Tab with this Module.


Click below to watch the Module 3 video. For your convenience, the video has been divided into chapters. To download each chapter, use the links below the video list.

Video Acknowledgements: Script written by Ann E. Tepe, Educational Consultant; Video produced by Kern Video Productions; Thanks to Dayton Regional STEM School and Montgomery Co ESC.

Download Module 3 Videos:

Full Video (15:25)
Download - Flash (flv) version - 330MB
Download - MPEG (mpg) version - 214MB
Chapter 1 - Welcome (00:41)
Download - Flash (flv) version - 36MB
Download - MPEG (mpg) version - 30MB
Chapter 2 - Introduction (01:55)
Download - Flash (flv) version - 95MB
Download - MPEG (mpg) version - 80MB
Chapter 3 - Planning Meeting (02:47)
Download - Flash (flv) version - 109MB
Download - MPEG (mpg) version - 122MB
Chapter 4 - Classroom Instruction (02:53)
Download - Flash (flv) version - 134MB
Download - MPEG (mpg) version - 128MB
Chapter 5 - Group Work (04:58)
Download - Flash (flv) version - 201MB
Download - MPEG (mpg) version - 210MB
Chapter 6 - Reflection & Closing (02:08)
Download - Flash (flv) version - 90MB
Download - MPEG (mpg) version - 95MB

Discussion Questions Related to the Module 3 Video MS Word and PDF [1pg]
Discussion Questions Related to the Module 3 Video Worksheet version MS Word and PDF [3 pgs]

Cooperative Learning PowerPoints and Organizers from Module 3 video

INFOhio Resources

Research Project Calculator has valuable information located in Support Materials (right hand menu) and then under Resources in Step 2: Gather. Further explanation of the Research Project Calculator can be found in the Learning Commons 21 Essential Things #3.

Utilize EBSCOhost’s Page Composer as cooperative learning organizer. Create a page with information related to how to use various graphic organizers related to cooperative learning. Post it and give student’s the address to use to find the organizer. To learn more about Page Composer, select the links below:

You will find the above links and many other links to helpful resources on INFOhio's Help Resources page.

Further explanation of EBSCOhost can be found in the Learning Commons 21 Essential Things #4.

World Book Advanced has My Research as a tool for cooperative learning where students can share their research within their learning group.

Further explanation of World Book Student/World Book Advanced can be found in the Learning Commons 21 Essential Things #10.

The INFOhio Discovery Portal has the following resource paths:

Collaboration rubric --Discovery Portal path (INFOhio u/p needed)

Communication Skills/Group Discussion rubric --Discovery Portal path (INFOhio u/p needed)

Cooperative Learning--Discovery Portal path (INFOhio u/p needed)

Other Resources

deBono, Edward, Six Thinking Hats, deBono Thinking Systems, .

Harvey, Stephanie and Daniels, Harvey. (2009). Comprehension and Collaboration: Inquiry Circles in Action.
Portsmouth, NH:Heinemann.

Marzano, Robert J. (2007). The Art and Science of Teaching. Alexandria, VA:Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Marzano, Robert J. (2001). Classroom Instruction That Works. Alexandria, VA:Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Marzano, Robert J. (2003). What Works in Schools: Translating Research into Action. Alexandria, VA:Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Resources for Cooperative Learning Strategies

Kathy Schrock’s Guide for Educatiors: Teacher Helpers: Assessment and Rubric Information, Subject Specific rubrics

- Collaboration rubrics

- Collaboration rubrics—Grades 6-12

- Cooperative Learning: Group Participation Rubric

- Cooperative Learning Rubric: Process

- Cooperative Learning Rubric: Product

A to Z Teacher Stuff, Cooperative Learning Lesson Plans—various grade levels


-Super resource for rubric development
- Also includes PBL unit checklists, etc

- Option to convert to other languages

Study Guides and Strategies: Cooperative and Collaborative Learning