“Placematting” is one really effective structure for collaborative work. What do we all hate about group work? Yep, that one grade-oriented student will take over…and who can blame me, I mean her.:) With a placemat, each student typically has a different job to do FIRST. Then, the group shares what they’ve discovered and together, they create a final product for the center. The center product typically responds to the learning target for today.
Examples: We all read about Thomas Edison, but here are the parts: 1) Edison the inventor, 2) Edison as a child, 3) Edison as a business person, and 4) Edison’s views on failure/obstacles.
Or…we all read a piece of text, but take different character’s perspectives.
Or…we all take a planet or a part of the Earth’s make-up…or ways to recycle…and then we create a common product in the middle.
Math: Place Mats are great for practice. In this case, students may first do 5 problems by themselves. Now, the confer and have to arrive at a consensus. That answer goes in the middle. OR, each student can take a different way to solve a problem. In the center: which strategy works best if you have 30 problems to do?
|Grade levels||Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 12th Grade, Higher Ed|
|Resource types||Cooperative learning, Critical Thinking, Inquiry, Literacy, Research, Stations|
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