Jigsaw (Aronson, 1978) is a cooperative learning strategy that helps students work collaboratively to divide a task into manageable chunks. It can be used in any content area and can assist students with learning complicated material. The teacher presents the topic to be learned and divides students into small groups. Each student is responsible for reading and summarizing part of the information on the topic. The student will present the summary of the information to the small group. Each student's part is essential just like all pieces of a jigsaw puzzle are necessary for the complete picture. Each student gets to become a teacher and the workload is divided and conquered.
Websites on Jigsaw:
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