Use Activity Structures

Activity structures are patterns for collaborative working in pairs or small groups. For example, you may want pupils to break out from a whole-group discussion and ‘think-pair-share’ or you might be looking for a way to structure concept stretchers, inquiry builders and other activities so as to maximise the involvement and responsibility of pupils.

The activity structures in this section are taken from the literature of co-operative learning (eg, from work by people like Robert Slavin, Miguel Kagan and Spencer Kagan or the University of Newcastle Centre for Learning and Teaching or devised by members of They could help to make your lessons more varied and effective.

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