Educator leverages collaboration with differentiated, independent student mastery of specific concepts or subtasks to achieve greater overall understanding.
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Key Method

Implementation of the jigsaw technique

Method Components

The educator leads students through a guided activity in which each student focuses on mastery of a predetermined subtask or concept. Students then combine their individual mastery with that of their peers by working collaboratively to achieve greater overall understanding.

What is the jigsaw technique?

The jigsaw technique is a method of organizing a classroom activity that requires students to depend on each other to succeed. The educator divides students into groups and breaks assignments into parts that the group assembles to complete the (jigsaw) puzzle. This technique was designed by social psychologist Elliot Aronson to help weaken racial cliques in forcibly integrated schools (Lestik and Plous, 2012).

Suggested implementation


  • Instructor drafts an activity plan that defines the learning objectives and describes how each of the supporting tasks will be divided, how students will combine their individual skills to gain a better understanding of the learning objective, and how the learning objective will be evaluated.


  • Each student works independently to master a portion of a topic or skill.
  • After each student has finished mastering his or her portion of the content, the students come together as a class to share what they’ve learned.
  • Students synthesize the information their classmates introduce and use that information to address an overall learning goal/objective.

-Suggested implementation: Gallery Walk

Research & Resources


Submission Requirements

Submission Guidelines & Evaluation Criteria

Following are the items you must submit to earn the micro-credential and the criteria by which they will be evaluated. To earn this micro-credential, you must receive a passing evaluation for Parts 1, 3, and 4 and a “Yes” for Part 2.

Part 1. Overview questions

(200-word limit for each response)

  • Activity Description: What kind of project activities did you and your students engage in to become more proficient in using the jigsaw technique to achieve an overall learning goal/objective? Please describe the learning activities and strategies you used.
  • Activity Evaluation: How do you know your students increased their proficiency by engaging in the jigsaw activity and what evidence did you collect that demonstrates these learning gains?

Part 2. Evidence/artifacts

Please submit work examples from two students (such as links to writing, audio, images, video, or other media) that demonstrate progress toward achieving a larger overall learning goal/objective through the use of the jigsaw technique.

Part 3. Student reflections

For the two students whose work examples were included above, submit student-created reflections on their experience of the jigsaw activity. Use the following questions as a guide (200-word limit for each reflection):

  • How did using the jigsaw technique help you and your group better understand the overall lesson content/learning objective?
  • How did the jigsaw activity change how you might use independent work and group work more strategically to reach a greater goal/objective?

Part 4. Teacher reflection

Provide a reflection on what you learned, using the following questions as a guide (200-word limit):

  • What was the impact of engaging your students in the jigsaw activity?
  • How will experiencing these project activities shape your daily teaching practice in the future?

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