How many in Co-op Learning Groups?

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Leandrews
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How many in Co-op Learning Groups?

Post by Leandrews » Tue Mar 25, 2008 1:51 pm

Hello!
My question is this: Is it ESSENTIAL that cooperative learning groups have only four members at all times? I've done many structures in my classroom in groups that vary in numbers between 4-6. Now I'm wondering whether I've been practicing the structures incorrectly!
Please let me know what works best for kids.
Thanks!
Letitia :oops:

Jackie Minor
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Post by Jackie Minor » Thu Mar 27, 2008 3:20 am

Letitia,
We have found the four works best. I would never go over 5. With four members you have so many possibilities (3 possible pairs) and it is much easier to develop that sense of "team". When you start getting over 4, kids tend to get left out and it is harder to monitor.

Jackie

Rosa
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Post by Rosa » Sat Apr 05, 2008 7:08 pm

I try to have teams of four, but when a new student comes in, they are placed into an existing group, first shadowing someone then as team member #5 until it's time to change seats. Sometimes, if numbers require it, I may have a group or two of 3 people.