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Report #4 FIPP Activity Report Funded by the Basic Skills Initiative Name Robin Bouse Date 12/17/2009 FIPP Partner Briita Halonen Section #1322 Activity /Strategy Homework Jigsaw Category IV- Feedback and Evaluation Briefly describe the activity/strategy. 1. Introduction This homework jigsaw encourages students to provide helpful feedback to their classmates on their homework and lab activities and promotes student interdependence. In this activity, students listen to each other, provide positive peer review, and teach eachother course content. I had 20 students and 10 tables (2 students per table) in my class, but different numbers of students and table configurations will work. The goals of this activity were for students to: 1) teach course content to one another; 2) understand homework questions; 3) move around the classroom; and, 4) build community support among the students in their quest to be successful in science class. 2. Set up & Supplies Clearly label the tables with a number. Decide on a clear flow path before you start. Assign appropriate (discussion type) homework questions in the previous class to all students. Instructors should adjust the number of homework questions given by the number of students and tables in their class. 3. Directions In my class, ten homework questions were assigned to all students the week before. At the beginning of the next class, the two students at table 1 would be responsible for teaching question 1 to eachother, the two students at table 2 for teaching question 2 to eachother and so on. Then one person from table 1 would move to table 2 while one person stays at table 1. At the same time one person from table 2 moves to table 3 while one person stays behind and so on throughout the tables. The person from table 10 will go to table 1. 4. Conclusion This activity encouraged students to complete their homework assignments on time. The peer review and exchange of information engaged the students in the activity. Through teaching the course content to eachother, the students learned to material What worked well? Changing up which students move around and which students stay at their desk with each homework assignment. What would you change? Nothing about the jigsaw part. I need to rewrite some questions so that each question roughly takes the same amount of time for each pair of students to discuss. Would you use the activity/strategy again? Why or why not? Yes, I most definitely would run this activity again. The students thought it was an engaging way to learn the material. It was a great way for the students to learn from eachother. Please describe any student learning outcomes/changes that you observed after the implementation of the activity/strategy. The homework assignments the students turned in were more complete and correct.