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Group Processing: Celebrating

Group processing ends with students congratulating each other on their hard work and the success of their cooperative learning group, thus encouraging them to persist in their efforts to learn. Both small-group and whole-class celebrations should take place. Teachers should make sure that they provide the students ample time to process the quality of their work together. Being recognized for their efforts to learn and for the help they provide their classmates during teammate work reaches the heart more effectively than do grades or tangible rewards. The experience of success and appreciation commits students to learning and increases their self-esteem, self-efficacy about content mastery, and confidence in teamwork (Johnson, Johnson, & Holubec, 1998). 


           Johnson, D., Johnson, R.& Holubec, E. (1998).Cooperation in the classroom. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.