The benefit of cooperative learning environments

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The benefit of cooperative learning environments

Let's talk about cooperative learning. It's often recommended to schools and to teachers as being highly beneficial to girls. It is. What it means is, that I don't sit in isolation working on something, I work with at least one other person. Means I work in cooperation with other people. It seems to help girls handle difficult tasks because they tend to take more risks and try harder if they are working with others. Part of that having to do with females caring more for others. So, if I am working with you, I not only have to think about if I'm doing a good job; I want to do a good job for you, too. We can argue the "why?" but the is of it is, that girls seem to enjoy it more and go farther, if there is enough cooperative learning. Not all, they need to do a lot by themselves, too. It's also good for boys. Even though it doesn't come naturally for them, it helps them to work with other people; how to tune into what the other person needs. Even though it shows, great quick, results for girls; over time, it helps boys and is good for them too.

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JoAnn Deak, PhD

Psychologist & Author

JoAnn Deak, PhD, has spent more than 30 years as an educator and psychologist, helping children develop into confident and competent adults. The latter half of that period has also focused on working with adults, parents and teachers in their roles as guides or ‘neurosculptors’ of children. On her website is a quote that best describes her perspective on her work: “every interaction a child has, during the course of a day, influences the adult that child will become.”

Parents and educators at schools from New York to Hawaii, as well as such organizations as the National Association of School Psychologists, the National Association of Independent Schools, the Association of International Schools, the American Montessori Society and the International Baccalaureate Association, have heralded Dr. Deak’s ability to demystify complex issues of child development, learning, identify formation and brain research.

Dr. Deak has been an advisor to Outward Bound, a past chair of the National Committee for Girls and Women in Independent Schools, on the advisory board for the Center on Research for Girls (Laurel School), for the Seattle Girls’ School, Bromley Brook School, the Red Oak School, Power Play and GOAL. She consults with organizations and schools across the United States. Most recently, she has worked internationally with schools, organizations, associations and parent groups in every continent (except Antarctica!) She has been awarded the Woman of Achievement Award by the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools, was given the first Female Educator of the Year Award by Orchard House School, and the Outstanding Partner for Girls Award from Clemson University. She has been named the Visiting Scholar in New Zealand, the Visiting Scholar for Montessori Children’s House and has been the Resident Scholar for the Gardner Carney Leadership Institute in Colorado Springs for the past five years.

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