Jigsaw Your Mathematics Classroom (7-12)

From KNILT

ETAP 623 Spring 2016 | Gabrielle's Portofolio Page

source: www.jigsaw.org


Introduction

Do you ever feel absolutely drained and exhausted after a day of teaching? Do you think to yourself, I was teaching the whole class and no one still seems to get it? Well that may be because your students aren't interacting enough with the material. As teachers, we can't help ourselves to talk, talk, talk. Maybe it's time to take a step back and let the students run the class.

Now I'm sure the next thought popping into your head is Are you crazy?

Many teachers face pressure to cover the required content in their class. Teachers also worry that their students do not know how to work together. Some students refuse to work with others. Some students will do all the work while others sit nervously to the side. Naturally, teachers worry that their students won't learn what they need to if their students do not know how to collaborate.

In this mini-course, you will be introduced to a cooperative learning strategy known as The Jigsaw Method. This strategy provides engaging opportunities for students to learn new concepts in any content area. We will be focusing on mathematics in this course.


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To get the most out of this course you must:

1. Read and view all required materials.

2. Actively engage in discussions, self-reflections, and peer evaluations.

3. Apply what you are learning in a meaningful way through your Jigsaw lesson, discussions, and peer evaluations.



Course Goals

source: www.viraheinz.pitt.edu

1. Learn cooperative learning strategies that can reduce competition in the classroom.


2. Learn The Jigsaw Method and how to implement in a mathematics classroom.


3. Design a Jigsaw lesson that can be used in your mathematics classroom.


4. Develop an assessment that appropriately evaluate student understanding after the completion of a Jigsaw lesson.



Course Modules

To begin the course, start with Module 1. Complete each module before proceeding to the next one. You may revisit previous modules as you work.

How to navigate this course:

To begin the course, start with Module 1 and proceed to the next module when you have completed all tasks.

Targetsign.jpg Each module will have the objectives listed at the top. Keep these in mind while working through the module. If you do not feel you have met the objective, you may need to revisit the activities and materials provided.

Symbols to look out for:

Surveyclipboard.jpg : survey

Targetsign.jpg : objective

Videoclip1.png : video clip

Arrow.png : move on to the next section

Discussionclipart2.jpg : discussion in edublog

Greenpostit.png : post a note on interactive bulletin board

Red1.gif : access to next module

Redarrowback.png : access to previous module

Home1.png : access to main page of mini-course


There are directions at the bottom of each task in italics along with this arrow Arrow.png. When you see this arrow and you have completed the task, you may move on to the next task.


Again, complete each module before proceeding to the next one. You may revisit previous modules as you work.

At the bottom of each module you have access to the next module by clicking the link following this red arrow Red1.gif. There is also the option to return to the previous module, by clicking the link following this red arrow Redarrowback.png.

Home1.pngFinally there is a link at the bottom of each module to return to the main page of the mini-course.


Folder go.pngModule 1: Why Jigsaw?

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify the Jigsaw Method as a cooperative learning strategy.
  • Discuss their interpretation of the Jigsaw Method.
  • Create one or more personal goals for this mini course.

Folder go.pngModule 2: Competitive vs Cooperative Learning: Diminishing Prejudice

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify techniques used to reduce prejudice and negative stereotypes.
  • Apply techniques used to reduce prejudice and negative stereotypes in response to an experiment.
  • Identify cooperative learning techniques that assist in creating a safe learning environment.
  • Discuss cooperative learning techniques.
  • Describe how to use a cooperative learning strategy in a math activity.

Folder go.pngModule 3: The Jigsaw Method

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify and list the ten steps of a Jigsaw lesson.
  • Design a Jigsaw lesson that accommodates multiple learning styles and ability levels.
  • Create an assessment that is aligned to their Jigsaw lesson.
  • Review and assess a peer's Jigsaw lesson and provide constructive feedback and ideas for improvement.
  • Revise their Jigsaw lesson based off of self-evaluation, peer assessment, and/or teacher feedback.

Extended Resources

Educational Tools Used:

Edublogs

Survey Monkey

TodaysMeet

YouTube