Sunday, November 08, 2009

Cooperative Learning Method: Jigsaw

This week science sessions for grades 5 and 6 were different.Students experienced a new learning method: Jigsaw. Jigsaw is a cooperative learning technique that promotes better learning,improve student motivation,increase enjoyment of the learning experience,and increase positive educational outcomes.Just as in a jigsaw puzzle,each piece-each student's part-is essential for the completion and full understanding of the final product. Here is how I worked with students in grades 5 and 6:students were divided into small groups of five members each.Their task is to learn about Body Systems.In one jigsaw group,Maha was responsible for Muscular system.Another member of the group,Reem,was assigned to cover the nervous sytem; Khadija was assigned to cover the digestive system, and so on. Eventually each student came back to her or his jigsaw group and tried to present a well-organized report to the group.Students used powerpoint while presenting their information.

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