Learning Together

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Context of experimentation:

Italy: age 15 years

Bulgaria: age 14 years

France: age 14 /18 years

Latvia: age 10/18 years

Objective:

The activity is useful for a review and exercise for the purpose of a written and/or oral test. Teachers can create a non-formal moment to review some topics and to create heterogeneous groups that can allow an equal learning of some notions.

Step by step instructions

  1. Divide the class into 2 team
  2. Each team should write 6 general questions based on the topics studied during the current school year to be given to the opposing team
  3. The teams exchange questions and should have a defined time to answer (it is necessary to monitor the time which goes by).
  4. A student writes on the blackboard the scores and the winner is the team who has answered more questions correctly

Experimentation

Subject(s) in which the activity has been used: History, Geography, Computer science, English, Biology, Natural sciences, Maths and physical education

Target age: The activity was designed for a group of students aged 14/18 years. However, during the experimentation teachers found out that the this type of activity is more useful for students aged 14/15 years.

Number of students involved: The activity was designed for a maximum of 20 students but teachers carried out the activities in more numerous contexts, easily adapting the activity to their needs.

Time available: the activity has been set to last 60′ but in case of larger group it is better to do it in 70/80 minutes.

Preparation: it is suggested to divide the class into small groups of 5/6 people and not to create only two groups.

Further suggestions: It is also proposed to use drawings as a method of answering questions. In this case the activity is more enjoyable and students can have more fun. When drawings are used as answers, it is also possible to have 2 types of winner: the group who drawn the best, and the faster group.

Comments

Why did you choose this method? And how the use of the method was beneficial for teaching the subject?

This method has been used during different school subjects with different ages of students ( 10/18).

The method has been used during lessons in History, Geography, Computer science, English, Biology, Natural sciences, Maths and physical education.

Teachers have used this method to make students exercise in group work, creating heterogeneous groups with different levels of preparation, which can achieve positive results in the learning of theoretical notions such as history, English, natural sciences etc., but also used for practical teaching where theory often does not help deep learning as in the case of computer science and maths. In addition, pupils had to go deeper into the content of the topic in the process of preparing questions and finding answers promoting motivation to learn the content of the related topic.

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