Heads Together, Butts Up: Share & Learn from Others
Lesson Objective: Share and discuss thinking with others
All Grades / All Subjects / Collaboration

Thought starters

  1. How does explicitly stating students' physical positions contribute to strong collaboration?
  2. Why does Ms. Saul allow students to copy from each other?
  3. How could you use this strategy across subject areas?
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students develop great ideas for excellent life
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love it, great will try it.
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This strategy is so inspiring! When two, three, or four heads are put together they can solve bigger problems. Jen Saul used it with her students knowing that they learn best from their peers. I can't wait to use it with my students.
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Definitely going to be helpful practice for SBAC Performance Task Assessment portions. Good Job!
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Great ideas. Useful strategies that will inspire collaboration as well as making each student responsible for their learning.
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Transcripts

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    Interviewer: I present them with a problem. They have four minutes to wrestle with the problem independently.

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    Interviewer: I present them with a problem. They have four minutes to wrestle with the problem independently. After four minutes, then we do what’s called heads together, butts up. We want their heads together showing each other what they were successful with. Maybe others who need support or didn’t know where to go with it, can get an idea.

    They’re allowed to copy each other’s notes, as long as they’re having the discussion about why something was done in a particular way. It’s a chance for them to practice using the language, and have discourse over what they’re doing.

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Teachers

Jen Saul
English Language Arts Math Science Social Studies Arts / 3 / Teacher

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Lesson Idea

Grades 9-12, All Subjects, Class Culture

Lesson Idea

Grades 9-12, ELA, Class Culture

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All Grades / All Students / Class Culture