Highly Structured Math and Science Assessments
Activities, such as cooperative learning and partner sharing, can fail if the teacher lacks classroom management skills and the class is comprised of mostly or all at-risk students. What follows are some possibly useful answers from a book by Belvel and Jordan, Rethinking Classroom Management. Based on a study done by the U.S. Department of Labor (Carnevale et al., 1989 as cited in Belvel & Jordan, 2003), they propose that students are successful in social activities such as cooperative learning and partner work if they have attained a certain social skill level. Their chart (Belvel & Jordan, 2003, p. 87) includes four levels of social skill development that are necessary for certain kinds of classroom activities (Figure 3.1).