Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Expert Study Teams
This is part 2 of a 5-part series on review activities that could be useful for reviewing before exams and for teaching students test-taking skills.
Review Activities to Make Real Students
Predicting Exam Questions
Okay. I kind of stole this idea from a project that I did with my AVID freshmen last year. I thought I'd take advantage of the fact that my students are already organized into Survivor Geometry tribes. Each tribe member will be assigned a topic from the upcoming exam. Then students will separate into what I call "expert" groups by topic to review their topic and do some practice problems. After a predetermined amount of time students will return to their tribes. Each student will then serve as the specialist for his topic as the tribe works through a review assignment.
The goal here is to develop the idea of study groups. In class, I call them study teams to reinforce the concept of working together. It would be interesting to find a way to get the students to extend these study team sessions outside of the classroom. You may be scratching your head right now if your students already know this little trick, but at our school study is a 5-letter word. Who knows? Maybe this divide and conquer method is a way to get them to buy in.