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Critical Thinking Workshop: Jigsaw

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Transcript of Critical Thinking Workshop: Jigsaw

Jigsaw, CCSS, and Academic Areas
CCSS encourages students to incorporate all genres of text.
With Jigsaw activities, any text can be divided into sections to be discussed.

CCSS includes speaking and listening skills.
With Jigsaw activities, students need to listen to their peers and speak to groups about their findings.

CCSS encourages critical thinking skills and independent learning.
With Jigsaw activities, students learn and teach with their peers. Teacher lecturing is limited.

CCSS encourages learning skills that are needed in the workplace.
With Jigsaw activities, students work cooperatively, problem solve, and present data. These are career skills.

CCSS encourages cross curricular activities.
Jigsaw activities can be used with all subjects and all grade levels. Multiple subjects can be incorporated including technology.

Jigsaw Activity
Jigsaw can be beneficial for students in all grade levels and content areas. Here are some examples to implement in the classroom:

Language Arts: For a poetry unit, groups are assigned one of several poems related to a topic. Groups then reconvene and share information regarding the overarching theme.

Math: Students can be assigned one of the four operations. Groups work to develop strategies to solve operations. Groups reconvene to teach the strategies to the home group.

Science: Students working on an adaptation unit can be assigned groups to research one of many different ways animals adapt to their environment (camouflage, mimicry, fur, sharp teeth, etc). Groups reconvene in home groups to share research.

Social Studies: For a biography unit over an individual, groups can be assigned one of several pieces of information regarding the life of an important person in history (early life, family, contribution, relevance to history, later life). Home groups reconvene and share information.
Jigsaw and Multiple Grades and Content Areas
1. Teachers can take any subject, Math, Science, Social Studies or Language Arts and pick a concept they want to teach their students.
2. Take that concept and break it into four or five sections depending on the size of the class.
3. Students from all grade levels will be able to learn one part of any subject and become the subject matter experts on that one part.
4. Then the subject matter experts are broken down into color groups (red, green, yellow, blue and purple).
5. Then blend the groups together so you have each color in a group.
6. Now students from different grade levels can teach the groups about the concept they have mastered.
7. Because this critical thinking process is so simple and allows students to learn one piece of the puzzle then join together to teach one another.
8. Students in all grades can accomplish this method of critical thinking no matter what their cognitive level is or what subject they are learning.

Critical Thinking Workshop: Jigsaw
What is Jigsaw?
1. A concept is broken down into smaller topics.

2. Students are placed in groups.

3. Each group is assigned a topic to read, discuss, solve, etc.

4. Groups reconvene to share what they discussed and learned.

5. Any further concepts or problems are divided among the groups.

6. Groups reconvene again to present.

7. The process is repeated until the original topic is understood.

Cognitive Processes Associated with Jigsaw
Jigsaw and Technology
1. Students can use collaborative tools such as graphic organizers and Power Point into the application of Jigsaw.
2. Students can make video clips or a blog to present their ideas.
3. They can learn and master their concept and then compile all the parts to make a completed presentation.

-Students works together cooperatively for interpersonal development.
-Cognitively, students are stretched in their thinking that develops team work and embraces diversity.
-Diverse backgrounds, beliefs and behaviors provide for effective outcomes and benchmarks.
-Group collaboration, and independent learning that is created and presented.
-Builds self confidence that stimulates the critical thinking processes for success among the group as a whole.
-Learning, acquiring knowledge and sharing enhances the cognitive development.
Grade Level Ideas
Elementary: Primary levels - students can
draw pictures to share. Upper levels - students can record information in a graphic organizer. Students can share information using technology.

Middle School and High School - students can read more detailed information and record information in a summary, in a graphic organizer, or using technology.
Jigsaw Group Activity
Subject: Preparing for Class
Objective: Prepare a presentation on How Teachers Prepare for Class

Team A: Preparing Lesson Plans
Team B: Organizing Classroom
Team C: Knowing Students' Capabilities
Team D: Using Technology in the Classroom
Team E: Collaborating with Other Teachers

1. Divide class into five groups.
2. Members will pull one of five popsicle sticks from a cup to determine group and topic.
3. Groups form and research will begin.
4. Return to home groups and prepare presentation.
5. Groups will present to model how jigsaw works.
Team B
Ashley Boon
Frances Pickens-Johnson
Shawn Schwartz
Cassandra Shepherd
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