The ultimate teaching technique Phil BeadleDifferentiation. Radically different abilities, home group is mixed ability, research tasks are progressively more difficult.Apart from the learning objective (causes and effects of floods and costs and benefits of dams) this grouping forces more responsibility on the students. Each individual is accountable to the others (Dylan William) to ensure accurate class notes. Final task ensures no shirkers.
Expert groups Yangtze
HOME GROUPSA B C D E Move tables into groups. Sit with the people in the same column as you. The top row are group leaders. DO IT NOW!
Is the 3 Gorges Dam an appropriate managementstrategy for the river Yangtze?
EXPERT GROUPS Effects of the Yangtze FloodsWhere is the river Yangtze?How long is it?How do floods affect people?
EXPERT GROUPSCauses of the Yangtze floods Why does the Yangtze flood?
EXPERT GROUPSResponses to the Yangtze floods How have the Chinese authorities responded to the Yangtze floods?
EXPERT GROUPSBenefits of the 3 Gorges dam What are the advantages of the Three Gorges dam?
EXPERT GROUPSCosts of the Three Gorges dam What are the disadvantages of the Three Gorges dam?
Group LeadersYour group have to prepare a revision sheet about the River Yangtze floodsincluding cause and affects and the human responses. This can be copiedfor each member of the group.Your group also has to weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of theThree Gorges dam. A RANDOM member of the group may be selected toanswer the question “Is the 3 Gorges Dam an appropriate managementstrategy for the river Yangtze?” If they are unable to do this effectively, thewhole group will lose their stamp for the lesson.The notes will help you answer an exam question on the affects of floodingin a poor country, responses and the benefits and costs of hard engineeringschemes.
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