The Jigsaw Method

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Learning Intentions

(Teacher Clarity – effect size of 0.75)

What am I learning?

Why the jigsaw method is such a powerful strategy to use in learning

How the jigsaw method works

Ideas for using the jigsaw method for student and adult learning

Why am I learning it?

To help learners share responsibility for each other’s learning

To use critical thinking and social skills to complete an assignment

To improve listening, communication, and problem-solving skills

How will I know when I have learned it?

I can explain to someone why the jigsaw method is so powerful.

I can set up the jigsaw method in my classroom or for a professional learning event.

The Process

1. Divide into Home Groups of four people each. (5 minutes)

2. Draw an emoji card from the center of the table. Each emoji corresponds to a set of content:

* John Hattie’s Research, What an Effect Size Is, and Why the Jigsaw Method Is So Powerful

* How the Jigsaw Method Works

* Tips and Tricks for Using the Jigsaw Method

* Ideas for Using the Jigsaw Method with Student and Adult Learners

3. Study the provided content to become an “expert” on your chunk of content, assigned by the emoji you selected. Use the content provided under your emoji. Please note that the most useful content is listed first. (15 minutes)

4. Meet in Expert Groups to discuss your common content. Compare ideas and develop a common presentation/ teaching tool (PowerPoint, paper slide, video, drawing, list, etc.) to share with your Home Groups. (20 minutes)

5. Return to your Home Group and present your content chunk to the other members of the group. The others listen carefully and take notes, asking questions as needed. (20 minutes)

6. Get with a partner who is not in either your Home or Expert group and discuss the provided questions.

7. The whole class will discuss what has been learned. An assessment may be given after this discussion. (10 minutes)

The Content

John Hattie’s Research, What an Effect Size Is, and Why the Jigsaw Method Is So Powerful


Tips and Tricks for Using the Jigsaw Method

Ideas for Using the Jigsaw Method with Student and Adult Learners

Check Your Understanding

Get with a partner and spend 10 minutes sharing the answers to the following questions:

Why is the jigsaw method so effective for learning?

What is the basic process of the jigsaw method?

What potential problems might I encounter in using the jigsaw method?

How might I use the jigsaw method in my classroom or in a professional learning experience I offer?