Numbered Heads Together
Numbered Heads Together is a cooperative learning strategy that holds each student accountable for learning the material. Students are placed in groups and each person is given a number (from one to the maximum number in each group). The teacher poses a question and students “put their heads together” to figure out the answer. The teacher calls a specific number to respond as spokesperson for the group. By having students work together in a group, this strategy ensures that each member knows the answer to problems or questions asked by the teacher. Because no one knows which number will be called, all team members must be prepared…
- Divide the students into groups of four and give each one a number from one to four.
- Pose a question or a problem to the class.
- Have students gather to think about the question and to make sure everyone in their group understands and can give an answer.
- Ask the question and call out a number randomly.
- The students with that number raise their hands, and when called on, the student answers for his or her team.
Check out Teacher Vision’s explanation or refer to Kagan’s Cooperative Learning workbook.
Earn Your Stripe!
- To earn your stripe, take a photo or photos of students doing number heads together. Submit the photo(s) or copy and paste a link to the photo(s) below.