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This week I would like you to use your imagination. You have just won the lottery and will leave your teaching post immediately to travel around the world. As you leave your keys you meet your replacement. You are asked to give this new teacher just ONE piece of advice. What would that be, and why? Enjoy your world expedition!

Blog Post - Week 7
This past week in my own teaching I felt a little disconnected which prompts my question to you, "What was the moment (or moments) when I felt most disconnected or disengaged as a teacher - the moment(s) I said to myself, I'm just going through the motions here?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 6
For the past couple of weeks you have experienced asynchronous online learning (doing modules by yourself). Previously this semester you have experienced synchronous online learning (all together in the Collaborate room). Which do you think is more effective and why do you think that? Which do you like better, and why?

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 5
This week we have what we call "open mic." You can write a post about anything related to your teaching that you would like responses from your classmates.

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 4
Here is this week's question: "What was the event that most took me surprise this week - and event that shook me up, caught me off guard, gave me a jolt, or made me unexpectedly happy?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 3
Please write a post about the following question, "In thinking about my past week teaching what is one thing I would do differently, and why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 2
Please write a post about the following question, " In thinking about my teaching activities this past week, of what do I feel most proud? Why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 1
Describe something you used in your program in the first weeks of school that you learned in the summer NTI program. How did it work? Did it get you off to a stronger start than last year?

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Class Activity

I have tried small group with jigsaw activity. It seemed to work well. I need more practice with it. The students engaged quickly and remained engaged and all participated. I randomly grouped students together. They worked well together and they taught each other as they learned. This small group approach is not adequate for all application. I will continue to use this method when possible and improve on group selection.


Christina Hinz said...

I am using the jigsaw method to finish teaching a unit on juvenile justice right now. It is working OK, but as you expressed, I have seen that there are some kinks that I need to work out. For one, it has taken a lot longer than expected. I only gave each group about 2 1/2 pages worth of information to teach, yet it is taking them FOREVER to get their lesson together. Then, of course, you've got those within the group that contribute more than others. I am using a peer evaluation to determine part of their final grade, yet some students are still rather unmotivated to contribute and have stated they would rather me lecture and have them take notes. This is a method I plan on using again. Overall, I have liked howit has worked. I am wondering if we have had some of the same issues with it and, if so, maybe we can put our minds together to help perfect it! Let me know what specific issues you faces when implementing this form of instruction.

Leonard said...

This was a trial run of the strategy and my point values were low, since this was my first time. I wasn't sure how students would respond. I wanted to be able to put a grade in the system. I had a time limit to research the information and present it to the class as a group. They responded well. I need to improve on peer evaluation and group selection.

Shellee said...

I have also tried the jigsaw method and agreet that it works well for material related activities, but I don't think it would work well with more hands on activities. I also found that you have to time this type of activity just right. Too little time and the work is flawed and rushed and too much time allows classroom management issues to creep in. Good job and keep it up.