Inside Outside Circle
This cooperative learning structure is a really fun way to share, and students get excited about it. To make this structure work, divide your students into two equal groups. The first group forms a circle facing outward. The second group forms a circle around them facing inward so that everyone has a partner. Partners then share their writing with one another. Once you are ready to switch you can have either the inside circle, outside circle or both move. I like to do movements such as inside circle move three people to your right, and outside circle move two people to their right. That way students aren’t able to predict who their next partner will be.
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Stand Up Hand Up Pair Up
Quiz Quiz Trade
This is a great cooperative learning strategy if you have a bit longer to spend on sharing writing. Instead of students reading their own writing they simply leave it on their desk for others to read. I prefer to have my students flow naturally from piece to piece, but if your class needs a bit more structure you could format it just like a scoot game in a particular order.
For more great ways to integrate cooperative learning into writing check out this book (affiliate link) Cooperative Learning for Writing.
If you are looking for more information on cooperative learning strategies, check out this post on cooperative learning basics.
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