Examining changes that need to take place in our pedagogy to meet the diverse needs of our students

University of Minnesota Academy of Distinguished Teachers, October 11, 2008

Base Groups:

  • Please form groups, equal in size (so X in each group). Please group yourselves with people with whom you think share similar beliefs about approaches to teaching & learning.

Group 1:

Appoint a recorder who will take notes (using this wiki) on your group's discussion:
  1. In what ways are your today students similar to and different from each other?
  2. How do you take these differences into account when you teach? (list specific strategies/approaches that you use that take these differences and similarities into consideration).

Group 2:

Appoint a recorder who will take notes (using this wiki) on your group's discussion:
  1. Think about the students you are teaching right now.
    - In what ways are their personal lives & life experiences outside of class different from YOURS when you were that age?
  2. To what extent does your awareness of these differences (between you and your students) influence the ways in which you teach them? (list strategies)

Group 3:

Appoint a recorder who will take notes (using this wiki) on your group's discussion:
  1. In what ways are your teaching practices today similar to ways in which you were taught when you were a college student?
  2. How do your teaching practices today differ from the ways you were taught as a college student? (list very specific differences in strategies that you use)
  3. What has caused these changes?

Jigsaw Groups:

  1. Number off: 1, 2, 3: 1's go to table 1, 2's to table 2, 3's to table 3. Leave your laptops at your table.
  2. Share the findings of your base groups with each other. As you listen to the changes in teaching practices that are suggested, each one of you make a note of those that you, individually, are currently using and those that you are not using right now, but would consider using in your own teaching (assuming that you could have the necessary training/support in helping you learn any additional skills that you may need in order to implement these strategies).
  3. Combining your ideas:
    Appoint a recorder. On the Jigsaw 2 Wiki for your group:
    (a) List the strategies that your group members have listed as currently using
    (b) List the strategies that you would consider using in the future (based on what you have learned from others)

    Jigsaw Group 1
    Jigsaw Group 2
    Jigsaw Group 3

Whole group report back:

  1. Show group 1 wiki: As a large group, look at what they have listed.
  2. Group 2: What do you have on your list that isn't on group 1s? (as they report, I will add these to group 1s)
  3. Group 3: What do you have on your list that isn't on our combined list from groups 1 & 2? (as they report, I will add these to the combined list).

Helen's list: