Jigsaw approach

The class is split into groups of four students. These are called home groups. Each student in the home group is given a research or ‘find out’ brief. The classroom is resourced with a variety of resources into a number of task areas.

Students visit the relevant task areas for a specific time and then must report back to the home group where a presentation is prepared. When each member of the group has reported back the jigsaw is complete. Students then communicate what they have learnt about their research to the rest of the class in sequence.

Written by Teaching Resources Support on May 27, 2014 12:18

Carousel Activity

This activity is one which sees the students rotate around a series of pre-prepared workstations. At each station students will find a question pasted to sugar paper that they add their comments/answers to. (The questions may come from the PowerPoint whereby staff just simply print off slides required.) Students can sign their comments if they so choose or leave it anonymous if the question is of a sensitive nature.

The length of time at each workstation decreases on each rotation. Students may find comments that have already been made that they would have made. Normally a piece of music is used to accompany the rotation so it becomes musical chairs when the music stops students rotate. The music is normally fast paced e.g. theme music Mission Impossible, Hawaii 5-0, Jaws, Star Wars goes down well. The music could be a special chosen for the given theme.

At the end of the rotation the sugar paper answers are displayed on classroom walls for feedback by staff or pupils. One method is to allocate a group of students to feedback to the class one of the workstation set of answers for comments and observations by the rest of the class. The teacher summarises each workstation with key points. A second method is for the teacher to feedback the comments on the sugar paper answers and invite students to feedback their observations. In both methods the teacher should facilitate the discussion with concepts and ideas that are required as part of the lesson objectives.

Written by Teaching Resources Support on May 27, 2014 12:18

Tops and tails bingo

All students start the game standing. They respond to questions asked by the teacher by either putting their hands on their head if they agree with the statement or on their rear if they don’t agree.

Students sit down when they answer a question incorrectly. The winner often expects a prize so be prepared!

Written by Teaching Resources Support on May 27, 2014 12:19

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