This Japanese classroom offers a rich example of student collaboration, where learning is driven by peer-interactions between students. Students are working in small groups, with the teacher monitoring the classroom. There are frequent and warm interactions with groups, including some jokes together. He encourages students to think about the work of each other, rather than offering direct answers. The teacher also asks two students to write out a model answer and to talk the class through their method.
This is an urban, public school. Watch out for how the teacher:
- Shares moments of warmth and humour with each group
- Encourages students to compare their methods with each other
- Gives different students opportunities to present their methods
How do you use small group structures in your own classroom?