Co-operative learning continues to be a pivotal structure in Grade 7, even during Assessment Week. This ‘home’ of learning not only makes learning more enjoyable and interactive, but also allows for peer-teaching which results in better long term retention and a broadening of perspectives.

Gathering in study groups to rehearse work aloud helps students to develop competence in memory, attention, sequencing of words, and understanding of how grammatical and rhetorical structures (sentences, stanzas, and paragraphs) work.

Peers are required to offer feedback which in turn helps with the development of listening skills and also helps students to embrace critisism. As children learn that mistakes are the beginning of learning and that correction and guidance is a means to encourage and assist the development of skills, they are able to build confidence and trust. In this safe and supportive group, children are able to discover that texts, as with the spoken word, are open to interpretation and negotiation, and that meaning is a matter of how one interprets and expresses the text.

Group learning was concluded with an online Kahoot Game to test retention and create a sense of competition and reward.

Such a rich learning experience created by a simplistic task: chatting about learning with a friend.

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