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The Jigsaw Classroom
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This Web site was funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation and offers free resources, tips, links, and information about this cooperative learning technique.
The site has a consistent layout and color scheme that enhances its attractiveness.
The content is organized in a logical sequence, with an index on the right side of each page and a link back to the home page, making navigation simple.
The Jigsaw Classroom -- a cooperative learning technique -- is an efficient way to teach material that also encourages "listening, engagement, and empathy by giving each member of the group an essential part to play in the academic activity." Teachers wanting to implement or learn more about the technique will find lots of useful information here by the creator, Elliot Aronson, professor emeritus at the University of California in Santa Cruz. The technique is described in detail with tips and a ten-step plan for implementation. Included also is the first chapter of Professor Aronson's book, Nobody Left to Hate: Teaching Compassion After Columbine.