Puppetry in Practice

Cooperative Learning

Cooperative based learning lets students with different skill sets learn from one another while gaining confidence sharing their own strengths with the group. Cooperative learning has been referred to in many ways in literature about differentiated learning, project based learning, the STEM classroom, and more.

The heart of collaborative learning is the excitement of creating a product that is a shared vision with others and involves the skills brought by different members of the group. Each decision involves input from group members and is particularly exciting when it involves hands-on activities because of the active collaboration and conversation between students. Students are able to apply more constructive criticism to projects made by groups because they feel more support from their peers who have an equal stake in the success of the project. Furthermore, when working cooperatively, students are learning from each other and acting as teachers. The classroom teacher becomes more of a facilitator of positive interaction and teamwork.

The students not only learn the academic material in the curriculum but develop ways to comment on the information and expand it using visual and performing arts along with media. Areas of the curriculum such as social studies topics or connections to literature provide a venue for  the creation of puppet performances, animations and/or film projects. The multiple ways of expressing information lead to a fuller and deeper comprehension of the material.

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