Cooperation is important in any group endeavor from the family home to the classroom and beyond. Teachers use cooperative learning to teach cooperative skills and it works! Caregivers teach cooperation through modeling and rewards. That works too. But COOPERATIVE PLAY is a fun and effective vehicle for teaching cooperative skills that is often overlooked. The advantage of discovering the joy of cooperation through fun, cooperative play is that learners have an immediate understanding that cooperation FEELS GOOD and keeps group situations running smoothly. Rather than explicitly teaching the benefits of cooperation as lesson material, let kids experience the fun of it. Follow up with reflecting on the cooperative experience together, to solidify the learning. This kind of experiential learning is highly meaningful according to many experiential educators working today.
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