Circle the Sage

Grouping of Students:

• Teams of 3-5

Materials Needed:

• Pencil/pen

• Paper (for taking notes)

Directions:

• Teacher polls the class to see who has special knowledge/experiences that would benefit the class.

• Those students are the “sages”. They stand and spread out in the room.

• The remaining students are placed in teams of 3-5.

• Each member of a team goes to a different sage (students will surround or “circle” the sages).

• No two members of the same team go to the same sage.

• The sage then shares his/her knowledge/experiences with the students that surround him/her.

• The students ask questions, listen, and take notes.

• After a designated period of time, students return to their teams.

• Each student shares what he/she learned from the sage with the team.

• The team members compare notes.

• If there is a disagreement within a group, that team will stand.

• Disagreements are discussed with the class and resolved.

Citation:

eMints. (2004). Cooperative Learning. Retrieved on July 20, 2011 from http://edtech.kennesaw.edu/intech/cooperativelearning.htm

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