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The #1 ... (social teaching technique)

Number One

** Not your ordinary, endless list - just what's number 1.

                             Inside - Outside

I've seen classrooms literally transformed when teachers start using this technique in their classrooms!

What it does, is allow students to work with others in the class that they might never have a chance to. It is egalitarian and quick paced. Students love it and learn from it.
inside outside2
What is it?

Basically, put students into two circles - one inside, one outside. However, most classrooms don't have the room for this , so I just get students in two lines. On the "bell" of signal from the teacher, students practice with the partner facing them. It can be homework, an exercise from the textbook, a dialog, a survey question, an interview - almost anything you'd normally do traditionally at a boring desk.

On the next signal, one line/circle rotates and then continues to practice with a new partner. Keep rotating as needed and enjoy your coffee!

It really is a special "communicative" technique perfect for language learning/teaching. Kagan - the guru of collaborative learning really divined a good one when he started promoting this!

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Dear ddeubel

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Comment by csagel on March 9, 2011 at 2:29am
Is Kagan the supreme court judge Elena Kagan? I'm interested more in cooperative learning.

Comment by ddeubel on March 9, 2011 at 3:04am

Oh no.  (but she's a great cookie!).


Spencer Kagan  is the guy who very much popularized cooperative learning. Writes primarily about young learners.  He's also made quite a name for himself regarding the role story and narration plays in literacy and child development. Fantastic speaker, learned - you got to read some of his stuff. Here's his rather whimsical website. http://www.kaganonline.com/

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