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Marilyn Watson

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190867263

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190867263.001.0001

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Competition in the Classroom

Competition in the Classroom

(p.255) 9 Competition in the Classroom
Learning to Trust

Marilyn Watson

Oxford University Press

Most of Laura’s students loved competitive games, but throughout their first year together, the games almost always ended up in hurt feelings, tears, or even physical fights, unless they were closely supervised or vigorously refereed. During the second year, Laura decided to introduce cooperative games both on the playground and in the classroom. Although Laura needed to monitor the cooperative games closely to keep them cooperative, gradually a more cooperative spirit emerged, not just on the playground but in the classroom as well. Eventually, Laura reintroduced some competitive activities, helping her students play these games in a cooperative spirit. With Laura’s help, her students were able to see that playing even competitive games with a respectful and cooperative spirit was more fun.

Keywords:   competition, cooperative games. collaborative spirit, competitive world, cooperative/respectful competition

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