Survive and Thrive! An Advocacy Toolkit for School Librarians, "We believe that School Librarians are uniquely qualified to teach to and assist in the implementation of the new standards; they are Century skills experts.
This fun quote perfectly describes why we need to continue to further our knowledge as teachers. Not only knowledge of the curriculum, but also knowledge of how to run our classroom in the most effective way possible.
If you want your students interested try giving them collaborative learning instead of cooperative learning. By allowing them to use collaborative learning it makes them responsible for their own work and it is led by them and is more natural that way.