Groups of three or more members brainstorm on an assigned topic, with each member taking turns to write down one new idea on a single piece of paper. The process continues until members run out of ideas. When time is up, the group with the most number of independent ideas presents to the class.
Rally coach is a great exercise to use to have pairs help each other solve problems in class.
“Pairs generate a list of possible ideas or answers. Pairs pair and compare their answers with another pair. Finally, pairs work as a team to create additional answers or ideas.” – Ms. Woodruff’s Class
Pair activity in which one student draws or assembles an object, while the other waits unable to see the work, then the second student tries to copy the drawing of the first using only descriptions supplied by the first student.
Give the students two minutes (time can be varied if necessary) to write down all their thoughts on their side of the placemat [or on their own paper]. When this is done, the groups should then vote on the ideas they all agree on using the thumbs-up/thumbs-down method.
Have students interview other students to mine the collective knowledge of the group.
“Numbered Heads Together is a cooperative learning strategy that holds each student accountable for learning the material.”
“The big idea is [that] teams rotate from project to project to leave feedback for other teams.”