Carousel

Description
Carousel is an information strategy that allows students to share a project, a summary of an article, or a research report with several groups in the classroom. One student in each group is designated to share the information and remains in place, while the rest of the group rotates to listen to the designated speaker from another group. This occurs in a rotational sequence with all the groups in the class. Variations of the carousel strategy can include the designated spokesperson from each group (Student #1) moving one team/group to the right and presenting to the remaining students in that group. This strategy gives importance and context to a student’s work and develops personal accountability and ownership as the student presents to an audience beyond the teacher. It enables students to develop self-confidence and to practise presentation skills. It also prevents time-consuming and repetitive reports to the whole class.

Method
The teacher:
  • establishes the organizational structure for carousel sharing;
  • provides unobtrusive monitoring to ensure students are on task and the process is proceeding according to expectations;
  • supports and encourages students as they build their presentation and communication skills;
  • determines when it is appropriate to use this type of sharing;
  • structures a culminating activity that encompasses the sharing and is a relevant product for this type of learning.

Considerations
Carousels:
  • must proceed in ordered fashion to ensure accurate and consistent information is communicated to all students.

Illustrations From The Mathematics Classroom

Elementary
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Secondary
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