#3 in our series of in-class flipped activities
Placemat involves students working alone and together around a single piece of paper with the goal of reaching consensus on a topic.
- Creates a visual display of learning
- Develops and fosters group-work skills – demands skills like sharing space, reserving judgement, listening, critiquing
- After pre-reading
- Checking level of knowledge
- Problem solving (each student writes own solution and then shares)
- To come to a consensus
- To assign each student a question or individual resource gathering
What do you need?
- Desks arranged to allow students to reach their section of paper
- Model of page set-up to display or copy
- Divide paper into equal sections based on the number of group members and place a square or circle in the centre of the paper
- Each member writes his/her ideas in an assigned section of the placemat
- The groups’ central idea (consensus) is written in the centre circle or square after the group has shared ideas
The image below shows a variety of possible schemas for your placemat diagram
Idea from online source – Kielven, J 2001. Teaching Masters
Adapted from: Barrie Bennett & Carol Rolheiser, 2001. Beyond Monet: The Artful Science of Instructional Integration.