Jigsaw Strategy

BEST District - January 10, 2017

Jigsaw Strategy

The Jigsaw Strategy is a method to organize students into collaborative learning groups. Jigsawing deconstructs content into pieces, encouraging students to depend on one another for their learning. The heavy lifting (of learning) is owned by the students, whereas the teacher observes and questions as each group collaborates. Here's how this process works.
  1. Divide students into jigsaw groups (4 person groups would be ideal).
  2. Appoint one student from each group as the leader.
  3. Divide the day’s lesson into segments.
  4. Assign each student to learn one segment.
  5. Give students processing time to familiarize themselves with the content.
  6. Form temporary “expert groups” by having one student from each jigsaw group join other students assigned to the same segment. (See Image 1)
  7. Bring the students back into their jigsaw groups.
  8. Ask students to present their segment of learning to the group. Encourage students to question each other.
  9. Float from group to group, observing the process.
  10. Check for Concept Attainment (CFU).



Aronson, Elliot. "The Jigsaw Classroom." Jigsaw Classroom. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Jan. 2017. <https://www.jigsaw.org/>.

Image 1

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Checking in with Students

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