Teaching Strategies

Jigsaw

Each student in a 'home group' is given a number and moves to join other students with the same number to create an 'expert group'. Each group has a different part of the text to read and discuss, using the steps of the reciprocal teaching. When this activity is completed, each member of the expert group should end up with a summary page containing key words and a diagram. They then return to their 'home group' to teach the information to the others in the group (without using the original text). They take turns and the rest of the group listens and records important facts.

After these reading and discussion activities, teachers can set a follow-up task to check comprehension, preferably without students having access to the original text.

See also: The Jigsaw Technique (Education World)