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Another great idea from Sarah Brown Wessling, this is a small-group discussion strategy that gives students exposure to more of their peers’ ideas and prevents the stagnation that can happen when a group doesn’t happen to have the right chemistry.

 

  1. Students are placed into a few groups of 4-6 students each and are given a discussion question to talk about.
  2. After sufficient time has passed for the discussion to develop, one or two students from each group rotate to a different group, while the other group members remain where they are.
  3. Once in their new group, students discuss a different but related question, and they may also share some of the key points from their last group’s conversation.
  4. For the next rotation, students who have not rotated before may be chosen to move, resulting in groups that are continually evolving.

Reference:

The Big List of Class Discussion Strategies | Cult of Pedagogy

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