A Matter of Strategy

It's no surprise I'm attracted to the idea of instructional strategies, or strategies that work, that are evidence-based and guaranteed to work. Or, if not guaranteed, have a certainty of working because they have been shown to in the past through objective observation and research.

I was thrilled to write about one such strategy, the jigsaw method, as a tool for fostering cooperative adult learning. It was so much fun to facilitate a workshop or two using this approach, and I am curious to employ it again. However, for those of you engaged in professional learning now, you need not wait. Long term information retention, learning, is a matter of strategy...choosing the right one for the appropriate phase of learning.

Foster Cooperative Adult Learning with the Jigsaw Method

Well, you can read about that stuff elsewhere. For now, here's the lead on my blog entry for TeachBoost...you can use the link to read the rest.

In an audience filled with instructional coaches, curriculum directors, and technology advocates, I asked, "Did you know that the Jigsaw Method has an effect size of 1.20? This makes it one of the most powerful ways to introduce new skills and knowledge to students of all ages."

Then, I paused for a moment to look at my audience of adult learners before saying, "That effect size is about 3x the growth of a normal academic year for K-12 students." Eyebrows shot up, and suddenly, I had everyone's attention.

Below I'll dive into this powerful high-effect size instructional strategy, and a few steps for executing it yourself.

Read the rest of this article online at TeachBoost.

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