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    Five Cooperative Learning Activities for The First Day of School

    Education is known and sometimes mocked for its excessive use of jargon and buzzwords. The criticism is fair. However, for all jargon that muddies the waters, there is one skill that rises above the rest and serves as the linchpin for everything else. Cooperative learning is the fundamental framework of learning. It is the most dynamic skill with the most impact on future success. Therefore, while planning lessons for the first days of school, consider some of these cooperative learning activities that help set the priority and that begin to integrate the skill. Setting Norms Cooperative learning requires students to regularly communicate and collaborate with one another, and setting norms…