Using Group Work to Make Online Math Instruction More Engaging and Manageable

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).

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