The school’s methodology helps students develop the IB learner attributes: good communicators, balanced, inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers and reflective.
Cooperative Learning Benefits
Cooperative learning helps students to acquire knowledge through team building activities. It is through this kind of interaction that activates students’ mental processes through reasoning, comprehension and critical thinking. Its objetive is for learners to foster their own learning, and to benefit from the exchange of ideas and collaboration with their partners.
That is why cooperative learning has many benefits, such as the following:
- Promotes learning to learn. Students build up their own knowledge through interaction with other classmates and the search for solutions. This is how they achieve a meaningful learning process.
- Generates positive interdependence. All of them depend on each other and have a clear and common goal, helping them to lean on each other and, in turn, value working together.
- Strengthens individual autonomy. Each student is responsible for a task, which helps all of them to reach a common objective.
- Promotes values such as responsibility, communication, solidarity and teamwork.
- Improves interpersonal relations and social skills, as students communicate with each other.
- Helps students process information together and learn from it.
- Facilitates attention to diversity. Students become teachers to their classmates when sharing their knowledge, which allows them to achieve a common objective.
- Fosters students’ self-steem.
- Develops the self-criticism capacity of students, helping them to self-assess themselves.
- Motivates students, wakens their interest and creates a positive experience.
As Henry Ford once said: “Arriving together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success”.