Best Practice

What is the jigsaw classroom technique?

Created in response to racial turmoil in Texas, the jigsaw classroom is an evidence-based approach to building relationships and fostering cooperative learning. John Dabell explains

Teaching students to get along with each other is not a major problem in some classrooms and schools. Of course there are disagreements and minor squabbles but nothing that cannot be handled. Some learning environments are bliss.

Then there are schools filled with tension and anxiety where significant numbers of students do not get along. Relationships can be strained, uncomfortable and there is a whiff of volatility in the air.

Some student relationships are so bad, teachers are constantly fire-fighting and often dealing with situations way beyond the scope of their training. Behaviour becomes such an issue that it drives decent teachers out of the profession and everyone loses.

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