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Cooperative Learning with
Carousel Brainstorming
Christine M Smith
04-13-2011
Carousel Brainstorming
● Students rotate around the classroom in small
groups, stopping at stations for a designated amoun...
Carousel Brainstorming
Cooperative learning roles:
● Recorder, contributes own ideas, records the ideas
each member of the...
Carousel Brainstorming
Step 1: Assign roles and tasks
● Divide students into groups of three for more equal
participation
...
Carousel Brainstorming
Step 2: Ask thought provoking questions
● Develop questions that spark interest and
conversation ab...
Carousel Brainstorming
Step 3: Facilitate Effective Interaction
● Be available to students who made need clarification.
● ...
Carousel Brainstorming
Step4: Use Presentations to Clarify
● Allow each speaker to summarize brainstorming of
their group ...
Carousel Brainstorming
Step 5: Save time to wrap-up the activity
● Make sure that students have recorded at least three
es...
Sample Carousel Brainstorming for books with themes of
"Social Justice"
● Why would the author call his book Bystander? Wh...
Sample wrap-up activities
● After group presentations, students will identify three
key concepts for each question.
● Book...
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  1. 1. Cooperative Learning with Carousel Brainstorming Christine M Smith 04-13-2011
  2. 2. Carousel Brainstorming ● Students rotate around the classroom in small groups, stopping at stations for a designated amount of time. ● Students will activate prior knowledge of different topics or different aspects of a single topic through conversation with peers. ● Ideas will be posted at each station for all groups to read. ● Prior knowledge will be activated, providing scaffolding for new information to be learned in the lesson.
  3. 3. Carousel Brainstorming Cooperative learning roles: ● Recorder, contributes own ideas, records the ideas each member of the group, writes the name of the contributor beside the idea. ● Speaker, contributes own ideas, presents group ideas to the class, is fair and impartial in sharing all ideas. ● Mediator, contributes own ideas, helps to keep ideas flowing within the group, encourages and refocuses the group to each task. ● All group members, communicate ideas openly, listen to teammates, "all for one and one for all" McGraw-Hill, Inc.
  4. 4. Carousel Brainstorming Step 1: Assign roles and tasks ● Divide students into groups of three for more equal participation ● Explain and assign the roles of recorder, speaker, and mediator ● Highlight the responsibility of the group "all for one and one for all"
  5. 5. Carousel Brainstorming Step 2: Ask thought provoking questions ● Develop questions that spark interest and conversation about a new topic area. ● Write each question on a sheet of chart paper. ● Post the questions a stations around the classroom. ● Each groups recorder will be given a different color marker. ● Direct groups to a starting station and set a time limit. ● Students should brainstorm ideas and the recorder for each group should write them directly on the chart paper. ● At time intervals groups will rotate the next station.
  6. 6. Carousel Brainstorming Step 3: Facilitate Effective Interaction ● Be available to students who made need clarification. ● Equalize rotation time. ● Recognize that some groups may need additional time as the lesson progresses to read prior posts. ● Amount of time may vary depending on student needs and lesson objectives. ● Move groups clockwise.
  7. 7. Carousel Brainstorming Step4: Use Presentations to Clarify ● Allow each speaker to summarize brainstorming of their group for each question in turn. ● Opportunities for clarification, re-teaching key concepts. ● Have a class recorder document essential information for each question answered.
  8. 8. Carousel Brainstorming Step 5: Save time to wrap-up the activity ● Make sure that students have recorded at least three essential answers to each question. ● Revisit each question for additions and final remarks. ● Use the ideas to give a summarizing assignment which may be completed individually.
  9. 9. Sample Carousel Brainstorming for books with themes of "Social Justice" ● Why would the author call his book Bystander? What does it mean to "just stand by?" ● Who do you think the author is referring to when he calls the kids in his book Misfits? What makes someone feel like a misfit? ● Why do you think a book called Poison Ivy might be about bullying? What questions would you ask a bully if you could put them on trial? ● In the book Waiting for Normal, what do you think some of the challenges are that the main character might face? What is normal? Is it the same for everyone? ● What might make you think that the main character in the book Word Nerd has been bullied? What do you think of when someone is called a nerd?
  10. 10. Sample wrap-up activities ● After group presentations, students will identify three key concepts for each question. ● Books will be "book talked." ● Students will choose a book with a partner. ● They will read and write letters to each other discussing the themes in the book. ● They will demonstrate understanding of the concept of "social justice" today not just in an historical context by presenting book talks to their peers.

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