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Classroom management section 3

In this section there are further websites to help you incorporate Cooperative Learning approaches in your classroom. This involves students working in groups, but the group is well structured and task focussed. The task cannot be completed unless all members of the group carry out their role. In this section you will also be introduced to the work of Haim Ginnot and his theory of Congruent Communication.


 This is a nice website giving details of Cooperative and Coaborative Learning and ways that both approaches can be used with other systems of classroom management.


Here is a link to a website promoting the Johnston and Johnston version of Cooperative Learning which was referred to in a link in Section 2. These brothers, have given one-day seminars in Ireland over the past decade upon invitation by the SLSS (now PDST)


 Here is a website that gives you the nuts and bolts of coperative learning should you wish to implement some of the strategies in your class.


This is a nice website from Concept Classrooms giving the theory of both Cooperative and Colaborative Learning as well as suggesting how you could use the strategies within your existing classroom teaching approach e.g. multiple intelligences,  constructivism etc.


 The eLearn Portal has a wealth of information on Classroom Management systems and Discipline. It has material on the public's attitude to discipline. If you select 2,3,4, at the bottom of the page downloaded, you get a detailed explanation of the Counin Mode.  Jacob Kounin identified a cluster of proactive teacher behaviors that distinguished effective classroom managers from ineffective ones. Kounin’s key ideas include the ripple effect, "withitness", overlapping, effective transitions, momentum, smoothness and class management. 


This introduces the Ginnot Model.The major theme of the Ginott model is that the overall classroom atmosphere should be dealt with, not individual behavior problems. To that end, teachers should address the class personally, using "I" statements. According to Ginott, “Congruent Communication" should be used with students, which basically means dealing with students using non-aggressive language. The Congruent Communication aspect of the Ginnot model have been incorporated into many of the  more modern approaches to Classroom Managment


 Haim Ginnot wrote two books; Between Parent and Child and Between Parent and Teenager. Many of his strategies can be applied in the classroom too! Between Parent and Child is probably the best ever Parenting Book. It has been recently revised and updated by his wife. Between Parent and Teenager is out of print but it is accessible through this link. Ginnot's philosophy is used extensively in "How to Talk so Kids will Listen" and "How to Talk so Kids will Learn" written by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlich.


The Essential Five: A starting point for Kagen Cooperative Learning. This is Cooperative Learning from another group in the U.S. who have produced lots of resources to help promote Cooperative Learning. Waterford Teachers' Centre has some of their materials.

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