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This advisor presents a step by step method for imposing cooperative studying, covers the main components that make this technique paintings, and gives guidance for measuring the program's effectiveness.

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How often do teachers sit absorbed in a book at the same time as the children are reading? Children learn from such examples. Some time ago a clerk in an office I was working in, recited to me her experience commuting to work on the train. She had witnessed something she found incredible. The person in front of her had sat down and opened her book. During the whole of the 50-minute journey, which was typically crammed with commuters, the person opposite had not looked up once. Her eyes had scanned the words and her hands had turned the pages, but she was totally absorbed in another world.

One of the key themes of Every Child Matters is to be healthy, both physically and mentally. Emotional intelligence plays a crucial role in being healthy and as the Department for Education and Skills 22 • Recognise the feelings of others • Understand others’ points of view • Value and respect the feelings and beliefs of others • Understand actions affect others 4. 1 The domains of emotional intelligence Belong to a community Understand rights and responsibilities Make and sustain friendships Be assertive when appropriate Work with others in a group Set personal goals Break down goals into small steps Concentrate and resist distractions Bounce back after disappointment Delay gratification • • • • • 3.

G. if it is ‘staying on task’ then the role might be ‘Taskmaster’ (for more information on roles, see pages 50–1 and Appendix 5). 5. Choose structures that support the specific skill (see Appendix 3). 6. Model the skill to the whole class and, where needed, to a group. Reinforce the skill by monitoring and rewarding groups. 7. Reflect on the skill through providing time for groups to discuss and, where appropriate, complete reflection forms. 5 Small-group skills programme Small-group skills have a considerable amount of overlap with the communication skills discussed in Chapter 3, but it is important to bear in mind that particular skills support group work.

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