Tag Archives: cooperative learning

Idea 206: Simultaneous Show and Tell

Show and tell is a common classroom activity (particularly with early primary) where children can bring in something from home and then tell the class about it. I found recently that due to having so many things to fit in, … Continue reading

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Idea 205: Quiz Quiz Trade Differentiation Top Tip

Previously (Idea 184) I mentioned the Kagan structure called ‘Quiz-Quiz-Trade’, where children walk around quizzing each other with cards that have a question on one side and the answer on the other. For an observation I had, I went ahead … Continue reading

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Idea 204: Encouraging Children To Listen with Kagan ‘Timed Pair Share’ Structure

How I previously used ‘talk partners’ in a lesson: “Do you think a car is alive? Discuss with your talk partner what you think and why.” After perhaps a minute, I would signal for everyone’s attention and then randomly-select a … Continue reading

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Idea 189: Talking Pencils (Equalising Participation in Group Discussions)

When groups are discussing a topic, you want to ensure everyone is having the chance to speak without having one student dominate proceedings. This idea is a simple way to try and equalise participation in discussions. I think the Kagan … Continue reading

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Idea 188: Pair Investigation and Swap

I really like the supportive nature of cooperative learning, but it can be hard to jump in with some of the more involved cooperative activities at first, especially if you have a class that aren’t used to working together. I’d … Continue reading

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