4 Corners

3 Jan

1. Teacher announces three or more corners.

2. Students think about, then write down their corner selection.

3. Students move to their corners.

4. Teacher provides interaction question.

5. Pairs are formed within the corner.

6. Pairs share using Timed Pair Share

7. Teacher calls on student from each corner to share reasons or ideas with the class.

Whole-class seated variation: Using activotes have students vote on their selection.  Pair up students and have them discuss  their choices and try to convince each other to change. Revote on a new flipchart page.  Compare the two results and engage students in discussing the differences.  Students are encouraged to change their position on the continuum as the discussion continues.

Consensogram variation: Teacher announces two ends of a continuum.  Once students move to their position, they discuss with the people nearest them.

U-Shaped Discussion variation: Same as the consensogram except once students are in place, the line folds.  Teacher facilitates the discussion so that students from opposite sides of the continuum talk to each other/take turns talking.  Students are encouraged to change their position on the continuum as the discussion continues.

Adapted from Cooperative Learning by Spencer Kagan

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