Students learn best when they can collaborate, but the pandemic initially restricted our ability to implement traditional group work. In an article that Math for America Master Larisa Bukalov and I wrote for Edutopia (published today), we describe a simple cooperative learning strategy for our online teaching. This strategy not only makes our workload more manageable — since we’re checking work for each group instead of for each individual — but also encourages students to interact with others and take a more active role in their learning. Our strategy is based on ideas about cooperative learning that we discussed in our book The Math Teacher’s Toolbox: Hundreds of Practical Ideas to Support Your Students (Jossey-Bass, 2020).
Here is a link to our article: http://bit.ly/onlinemathgroup
and our book: https://bit.ly/math-teachers-toolbox