Speed dating cooperative learning
Each student had to move around the room and meet with another student (but not one who also had the same question as them).
They then had 2 minutes in which to state their question and give the answer which was then reciprocated by their partner.
As each student came into the class, they were given one question each.
They were asked to sit at a table with others who had the same question.
My previous experiences facilitating successful panel discussions led me to believe that a panel would be a good method to use here. In an effort to create a panel that represented a diversity of functions and practitioners, I ended up with too many panelists and, consequently, an ineffective exercise.
This enabled students to identify and subsequently ‘fill’ any knowledge gaps that they may still have had.It is definitely something that I will use again in the future with this class and others – not just because it was fun for the students but, more importantly, it increased the quality of student learning and rapidly progressed their understanding of the topic.Cooperative learning is an effective way for students to learn and process information quickly with the help of others.I used a speed dating concept from the whole school INSET day delivered at the start of the year and adapted it to suit my AS PE class.
My class were studying a topic on the organisation of sport in the UK and were struggling to get to grips with all of the various organisational bodies and their roles.
Given that the class is quite big and there is such a huge range in ability levels, I found this lesson worked fantastically well.