ESL Toolbox

Newsletter November 18th

Jigsaw Strategy

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Do your students struggle with reading and retaining large chunks of information?

One more tool to add to your ESL toolbox this week is the JIGSAW STRATEGY. The JIGSAW STRATEGY promotes interaction, differentiates learning, breaks up large pieces of information, promotes collaborative work and teaches students to identify relevant information.

Here are the steps:

  1. Divide the class into HOME GROUPS of 3-5 students who differ in reading abilities.
  2. Provide different color-coded reading selections to each member of the HOME GROUP. The reading selections should be assigned at the appropriate level for each student.
  3. Students read the selection and organize notes into a graphic organizer (THINKING MAPS!)
  4. Regroup students by the color-coded reading selection into EXPERT GROUPS.
  5. Provide key questions for each EXPERT GROUP to stimulate thinking and discussion.
  6. EXPERT GROUPS discuss the learning and work to create a shared set of notes, or add to each student's graphic organizer.
  7. Students return to their HOME GOUPS and share what they've learned.
  8. Use a rubric to hold all students accountable for learning.

The JIGSAW STRATEGY helps build comprehension and improves listening, speaking, and problem solving skills.

Let me know if you try the JIGSAW STRATEGY in your classroom. It's a great way to engage your students!

Jigsaw Video

ELL Tidbit of the Week

Sticky Notes App

The Sticky Notes App is a tool your students can use as they are reading. Instead of using real Post-it Notes, they can write down their wonderings, new learning and a-ha moments on the Sticky Note App. Try it with the JIGSAW STRATEGY!