To trying and at least get some practice with the stuff we haven't learned yet, we have been using expert groups. They are not my own creation, it is a modified version of something from GLAD (Guided Language Acquisition Design). I have never used expert groups with math before. Usually a small group studies something then shares out. For example, during science we are studying birds. Groups worked together to learn about different bird habitats, then shared with rest of class.

I thought why couldn't something like this happen with math.

Here is what we have been doing-

Friday-Students are chosen to be expert group leaders. (Before Monday I figure out what I want them to do.)

Monday-we have a "working lunch meeting." I go over the three or four concepts I want the class to work on. They choose the one they feel most comfortable teaching.

Monday-Share their lesson with two groups of studnets

Tuesday-Share their lesson with two groups of students.

Then we repeat the process with new groups on Wednesday and Thursday.

So far we have gone through the process twice.

Round 1-Three Expert Groups

Shapes with lines/no lines of symmetry

Names of different polygons

Balanced equations-apparently the class photographer missed this group:-)

Round 2-Four Expert Groups

Exploring 3-D shapes

3 dimensional shape organizer

Different kinds of lines

Different kinds of angles

I am amazed at how well it has been going. I don't think it is something I could keep up with all year long, but it has been far more smooth than I thought it would be and everyone is learning something better than if I tried to do giant whole class lessons about all these different topics.

Happy Monday,

Thank you for sharing--I LOVE this idea! What a great way to give students input in what they are learning. I think I may have to try something like this as we review for our BIG test! :)

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What a great way to give them the opportunity to teach. They learn so much when they have to teach someone else.

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