GOAL & METHOD
GOAL#3 COOPERATIVE LEARNING APPROACHESS
METHOD#5: PROVIDE SPACE
Advised Age Group
Large rooms in the school at disposal, different version in length and complexity of the same text; acquaintance with cooperative learning.
Differentiate rooms and texts.
Divide learners into different rooms.
Learners work in groups on a specific topic: for example, during a foreign language or geography class, the European Union and its different countries. Provide a text to all learners, they need to use it throughout the activity.
Provide SEN learners with shorter versions of the same text with easier vocabulary or with more colour. Using different rooms is very helpful because there are less distractions, and more time and room for further explanations if needed.
Rooms as metaphors
Different rooms are used as a metaphor to the content of the study material. As in geography for example, when different places at school represent different places in the world. Furthermore, different rooms can be seen as different areas for strategic planning and co-working in order to achieve the goal.
The displacement of learners in different rooms enhances their autonomy in the organization of work; the activity helps them to focus on the content of the specific topic they are assigned, within a broader topic.