(FEBRUARY 03, 2021)

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." – Helen Keller

An online session on Cooperative Learning  was organised by the COE Delhi (East) on  February 03, 2021 at Google Meet platform. The resource person was Ms Anuradha Handa, Principal, G D Goenka Public School, Sector 48, Gurgaon. The session was attended by educators and teachers from not only schools of Delhi and NCR, but also from other states as well.

Ms Handa spoke on the importance and benefits of cooperative learning. She began by defining the scope and extent of cooperative learning. She explained that cooperative learning was practised by many but called by a variety of names. Ms Handa showed examples of cooperation in nature and society by showing the growth of plants and the AMUL Cooperative in Gujarat. She underlined the joy that comes through cooperation. Cooperative learning has benefits for both individuals and groups. It empowers both and leads to development and progress.

The use of cooperative learning was explained beautifully through an example of one such exercise completed by grade II students of GDGPS Sector 48 while studying ‘Biomes’. Ms Handa listed various kinds of cooperative learning modules such as ‘Think Pair Share’, ‘Jigsaw’ and more. She elaborated on the ways cooperative learning can be incorporated into classroom sessions. Ms Handa also spoke about the stages of cooperative learning – Pre-Implementation, Implementation and Post Implementation. She also talked about the ways in which cooperative learning could be used to equip students for life through an example of an activity on ‘Electoral Politics’ wherein students took on real life roles and engaged in learning. The session came to an end with the outcomes of cooperative learning such as increased powers of reasoning, the ability to accommodate diversity, greater independence and more. Ms Handa stressed that cooperative learning would help in building cooperative behaviour and thus equip students for life.

The session was informative and interactive with lively interactions between the resource person and the attendees.