Introducing Classroom Rules Using the Jigsaw Technique

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It is common for teachers to spend the very first session of the class by having something ‘light’. The class is not yet seriously discussing the materials. Some classes are commenced with course outline sharing. Some are started with classroom rules sharing.

Concerning classroom rules sharing, students are told about the respective class rules. The students listen most while the teacher is informing them what is expected from them. The point is that the classroom rule is traditionally exposed. How can this traditional way be made more challenging so that the students do not merely listen but are involved in a more interactive and engaging class?

Taking into consideration the theories of constructivism, co-operative learning and jigsaw technique as one of the co-operative learning techniques, the writer is going to share what she has performed in her attempt to alter the conventional way of introducing classroom rules.

The workshop objectives are to enable the participants to explore a range of engaging interaction so that classroom rules are revealed hence experiencing a cooperative class where jigsaw technique is implemented and to work out another model of jigsaw classroom.

The workshop participants will initially undergo a model of jigsaw classroom. A brief discussion of the theory will follow afterwards. The participants will then be involved in group work to prepare a jigsaw classroom adapted to their own class. To enable the workshop to be successful, the participants are suggested to do their best.


Keywords: classroom Rule, Cooperative Learning, Jigsaw
Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy; Student Learning, Learner Experiences, Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation in English
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Siti Mina Tamah

Lecturer, Teacher Training Faculty, Widya Mandala Catholic University
Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia

Since 1989, Hioe Ngo Min alias Siti Mina Tamah has been a full-timer at the English Department of Teacher Training Faculty of Widya Mandala Catholic University, Surabaya, Indonesia. She has great interest in language teaching methodology. The subjects she teaches are, among others, Paper Writing, Teaching English as a Foreign Language, and Curriculum and Materials Development. She is at the moment pursuing her Ph.D degree at the Department of Applied Linguistics in the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

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