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How cooperative learning instructional approaches influence overall classroom behavior

With the demands of the No Child Left Behind legislation in place, Program
 Improvement schools within the United States are under added pressure to make full
 use of daily classroom instructional minutes. Concerns have arisen as precious instructional
 minutes are persistently interrupted by behavioral issues within the classroom.
 My research explored the outcomes of behavioral issues surrounding the use of cooperative
 learning structures within the context of our third grade rural school classroom.
 In this study, cooperative learning approaches resulted in fewer classroom interruptions,
 increased opportunities for students to use academic content language, stronger peer
 relationships, promotion of self-esteem, and evidence that students liked to work cooperatively.
 Teachers willing to incorporate cooperative learning structures into their instruction
 are setting high standards for students by allowing them to work interdependently with their peers in a harmonious effort of completing learning tasks
 together. The skills learned in these structures are said to contribute to responsible future
 citizens.

With the demands of the No Child Left Behind legislation in place, Program Improvement schools within the United States are under added pressure to make full use of daily classroom instructional minutes. Concerns have arisen as precious instructional minutes are persistently interrupted by behavioral issues within the classroom. My research explored the outcomes of behavioral issues surrounding the use of cooperative learning structures within the context of our third grade rural school classroom. In this study, cooperative learning approaches resulted in fewer classroom interruptions, increased opportunities for students to use academic content language, stronger peer relationships, promotion of self-esteem, and evidence that students liked to work cooperatively. Teachers willing to incorporate cooperative learning structures into their instruction are setting high standards for students by allowing them to work interdependently with their peers in a harmonious effort of completing learning tasks together. The skills learned in these structures are said to contribute to responsible future citizens.

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