More than anything, we need to help our lucky little learners work together through collaboration and cooperation! Teamwork is such an important skill to practice in the primary classroom.
In Module 8 of the The Encouraging Classroom you’ll have activities and resources to help teach your kids all about working together! Here are some tips on how to teach cooperation in the classroom.
Review classroom scenarios.
Begin your classroom cooperation lessons by reviewing situations that may occur in the classroom. Cooperation scenario cards from the The Encouraging Classroom are great for whole group instruction, writing prompts, or reinforcing skills with individuals or small groups. One scenario you may choose to review with your students is what to do when students are trying to complete a task and start “bossing each other around”. In addition, you may talk to your students about what to do when there is a long line at the drinking fountain. These are just a couple of the scenarios you can introduce to teach cooperation.
Create a Cooperation Tessellation.
A tessellation is a series of shapes that fits closely together to form a project. Each student will complete a hexagon illustrating and writing about how they show cooperation. You’ll put these together to form a collaborative classroom cooperation tessellation!
It’s about more than just creating the tessellation, however. Each student should present their piece, and then discuss as a class what cooperation means. You may also have your students take a pledge to be cooperative student!
The Encouraging Classroom comes with everything you need to create your cooperation tessellation with your lucky little learners.
Track cooperative behaviors and set goals.
Your students are not too young to set their own goals, especially when it comes to being a cooperative classmate and a team player!
The cooperative behavior trackers in the The Encouraging Classroom course help your students track their own behaviors and goals. There’s no reason for public display of behavior charts. Instead, your students can stay on track and discuss their results with you and their parents.
Goals like “I do my part of the work” and “I show respect for all group members” will help your learners get excited about cooperation! Give your students stickers or stamps to track their progress, and when they reach their goals, they can turn in the tracker for a special prize!
Your students learn good character best when it’s modeled at home and school. Show your students that you work well with others by modeling cooperation with other teachers and colleagues in the building. Let them see you offer assistance and accept the help of others. Even if you are frustrated with a colleague, be professional and positive in front of your students!
Another way you can cooperate and collaborate with fellow teachers is through the The Encouraging Classroom Facebook group included with the course. You’ll love all the amazing ideas from teachers in the group!
Help your students practice teamwork with these fantastic Encouraging Classroom resources to help you teach cooperation in the classroom!