Working in groups enables students to engage in cooperative learning that promotes both academic and social/emotional growth. This resources linked below provide information about the benefits and practical application of cooperative grouping.
Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, www.sedl.org
Information about models that promote cooperative learning, and how to incorporate them into your classroom lessons.
Cooperative Learning in the Science Classroom
National Science Teachers Association, http://www.nsta.org/
This article summarizes the major ideas behind the cooperative learning teaching model, provides educational research evidence that supports the use of cooperative methods in promoting higher student learning outcomes.
Cooperative Grouping: Ideas for Effective Classroom Practice
BioEd Online, www.bioedonline.org
Amanda Santana, a Houston ISD science teacher, presents strategies for setting up, implementing and managing successful cooperative student groups in the elementary classroom.