A jigsaw allows learners to come to a deep understanding of one aspect of a larger idea and then to share and learn from their peers.
- Cluster learners into groups of 4 (dependent on number of texts). Count off 1 to 4 and assign each number a different text related to a focus area (can be written, visual, and auditory texts).
- Have all the number 1s, 2s, 3s, 4s move into their “expert” groups.
- In the expert groups, learners read/view/listen to the material and then:
- discuss the key ideas to ensure shared understanding among group members
- determine what ideas they will share and how they will share the ideas in their home groups.
- Ask “experts” to return to their home groups where there is at least one representative from each expert group.
- Within each home group, have the experts take turns to share the key ideas identified by their groups.
Have expert groups develop a visual representation to convey information and then teach the room.