Do you have teams that work at different paces? Some teams are working quickly, while others are stuck? A strategy that can help is called a Swapmeet and is the focus of this week’s tip.
Sometimes teams are at significantly different places in the solution process for a problem or for completing a lesson. Some of them are making good progress, while others are still unsure about how to proceed. The team that is on the right track benefits from having to explain their thinking, which confirms their work and deepens their understanding. A team that is confused can get some ideas about where to go next from their peers. A Swapmeet also focuses students on becoming more interdependent and less teacher dependent. Use a Swapmeet for an individual problem (either in the middle of the problem when some teams are getting stuck or at the end to share solutions) or at the end of a lesson for lesson closure.