Small groups of students make summaries that are passed on to other groups for further improvement.
- Small groups (3-10)
- 30-60 minutes
- >60 minutes
- Activating prior knowledge
- Practicing academic skills
When to use it?
- When you want students to learn from one another.
- When you want to stimulate the critical evaluation skills of students.
- Choose a theme/topic and divide it into subtopics.
- Decide how many times the summaries are passed on to new groups. Will the summaries only be improved by one group or will there be multiple rounds of improvement?
- Make groups
Divide the students into subgroups of 3-5 students. Every subgroup represents a certain subtopic.
- Explain the subtopicsExplain the different subtopics to the different subgroups.
Let the subgroups discuss and summarise their subtopic. If they have any questions, they can write those down as well.
- Improve the summaries
The summary of every subgroup is passed on to the next group. They need to improve the summary and add any additional questions about the subtopic.
Share the improved summaries with the subgroups that wrote the first version.
Bring the students back together for a 5-10 minute plenary session. Discuss the outcomes of the summaries and address the collected questions.
Tips for implementation & variation
- Online teaching: The subgroups can collaborate in breakout rooms and write their summaries in a shared document or in Brightspace.
- As a teacher, you can walk around the classroom (offline) or you can visit the separate breakout rooms (online) to hear what the students are talking about and help them if necessary.