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Discussion-based learning strategy for large groups


Marker Madrid, Spain
4 teams of 6 students are given a problem to solve. Each team will approach the problem from a different perspective, either suggested by the teacher or one that arises from the initial discussion. The distribution of the chairs (in three concentric circles) is what determines the variation of the teams as the discussion progresses. The rotation of circles enriches the ideas of the initial team.

Discussion-based learning strategy for large groups

“1st Innovation in Education Award. Category: Methodological transformation. Madrid, Spain. May, 2018.”

Canals Antón, Judith; Sánchez Ovcharov, Carmen; Villavicencio, Cecilia Paula

Learning outcomes

1. It is a format for structuring a class discussion, for groups of up to twenty-four students (flexible). The strategy is transferable to teaching and learning practices, based on discussion, for students of all ages, including adults.

2. It is a strategy applicable to a classroom of up to twenty-four (flexible) students, with the flexibility to identify alternative roles, promote the participation of more introverted students, open the opportunity to apply creative ideas to global issues.

3. This rotation model offers teachers and students specific teaching and learning opportunities, while simultaneously providing data to inform teaching and learning. It is a way to rotate groups without generating disorder.

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Intended Outcomes
4 - 18
Age Group
Resources Needed
Twenty-four chairs organized in three concentric circles, forming teams of 6 participants. Four whiteboards. Four stand-up work benches. Timer tool.

See this innovation in action.

Going public: Symposium 2018
Across the ocean… The Argentine chapter!
Teacher training in Ankara - Turkey
Learning by doing...
Experience 2: Open Day, April 2018
Experience 1: Open Day, December 2017


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