When learning is at its best the learners are willing to work, change and add value to themselves or others. So I love it when I can establish a great question for a class to focus on answering. The expectations are clarified up front with the students understanding the assessment rubric. And then comes Steps 2 – 9.
Step 2: Break the question down using think/pair/share to develop what becomes a subset of questions.
Step 3: Based on student interest allow each to choose which question they are most interested in researching.
Step 4: Knowing the strengths of each student in each group assign a role for each within their group for which they are accountable, e.g. the ideas person, the organiser, the thinker and the speaker. Say four students per group, (three or five can work).
Step 5: Assist each group to time line their project to completion.
Step 6: Through the process each member is encouraged by the teacher to notice, value and learn what the other group members are able to do.
Step 7: Pause for a session and have some renewal by viewing where the other groups are at. It promotes further ideas across the class and prepares the groups to think about their forthcoming presentation.
Step 8: Presentations from each expert tribe. They present with the audience in mind and so are encouraged to include 'chunking' and the other strategies the teacher has made a part of the learning culture.
“Widen the space of your tent, extend the curtains of your home, do not hold back! Lengthen your ropes, make your tent-pegs firm.” Isaiah 54:2