The Jigsaw Method

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Learning Intentions

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.
  2. Draw an emoji card. 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. (10 minutes)
  4. Meet in Expert Groups to discuss your common content. Compare ideas and develop a common presentation (PowerPoint, paper slide, video, drawing, list, etc.) to share with your Jigsaw Groups. (10 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. (12 minutes)
  6. Complete an assessment on all the content. (8 minutes)

The Content

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

Hattie Overview Video

Jigsaw Method Effect Size

Why Use Jigsaws


How the Jigsaw Method Works

The Jigsaw Method


Tips and Tricks for Using the Jigsaw Method

Jigsaw Tips

Let's Get Jigsaw Right

The Jigsaw Method

Ideas for Using the Jigsaw Method with Student and Adult Learners

Jigsaw - LEARN Strategy

Visible Learning

The Teacher Toolkit: Jigsaw

Check Your Understanding

Get with a partner and spend just five 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?
  • How might I use the jigsaw method in my classroom or in a professional learning experience I offer?