Teaching Students to Develop Background Knowledge
This approach employs teamwork and collaboration among the learners. This approach is used before concepts are taught.
The class will have to form groups of at least 4 members since the group’s goal is to develop as much background knowledge on the topic as possible before meeting back as a large group.
In this approach, it is best if the educator circulates around to see if the group is discussing the topic. The educator may have to give prompts if the group has absolutely no collective knowledge of the topic.
In the groups, have one person be the recorder of the information and the reporter. This will ensure that conversation is geared around the topic since there is accountability for the presented information.