This paper shares the story of Jung and how a gifted young student in mathematics learns social skills and shares knowledge and also helps to improve his own learning of the English language while sharing his understanding of mathematics with others. Students working together in math classrooms all benefit in many ways including language acquisition, problem solving, math achievement, social skills, cultural differences, and a shared sense of community in a classroom, when all working together for a goal in learning mathematics while also learning social skills so to fit in better within society. Cooperative learning plays a critical role today in teaching mathematics and preparing young people how to be successful and fit into society better and get along with each other. This paper shares the story of Jung a young mathematically gifted student who lacks English language mastery and social skills and how his teacher employs cooperative learning with an emphasis on social skills, language acquisition, and problem solving to help this gifted student and all students in the classroom in building community and camaraderie while learning mathematics. Steps and the process for setting up your own classroom to employ cooperative learning are outlined in this paper. An emphasis on social skills is addressed showing what it looks like and what it sounds like as students learn mathematics together.
Furner, Dr Joseph M.
"Using Cooperative Learning to Teach Mathematics to Help Promising ELL and All Students Develop Social Skills: A Case Study,"
Transformations: Vol. 8:
1, Article 3.
Available at: https://nsuworks.nova.edu/transformations/vol8/iss1/3