While conducting a lesson, the teacher monitors each learning group, intervenes when needed to improve task work and team work, and brings closure to the lesson. It is important to observe the interaction among group members to assess students’ academic progress and appropriate use of interpersonal and small-group skills. The teacher needs to make sure that students benefit from face-to-face interaction. To monitor means to check continuously. Monitoring has four stages: preparing for observing the learning groups, observing to assess the quality of cooperative efforts in the learning groups, intervening when necessary, and having students assess the quality of their own individual participation in the learning groups to encourage self-monitoring (Johnson, Johnson & Holubec, 1998).
Johnson, D., Johnson, R.& Holubec, E. (1998).Cooperation in the classroom. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.