This is a structured information or thought-gathering activity which generates a reasonably concise list of pupils’ thoughts and responses on a particular topic. Pupils work in small groups to convey ideas or to make suggestions as regards the issue at hand.
Working with Others, Thinking, Decision-Making
WHAT IS IT?
This is a structured information or thought-gathering activity which generates a reasonably concise list of pupils’ thoughts and responses on a particular topic. Pupils work in small groups to convey ideas or to make suggestions as regards the issue at hand. They also have the opportunity to assess collaboratively the ideas of other groups and to use them as a possible basis for forming their own responses to questions.
IMPLICATIONS FOR CLASSROOM LAYOUT
Pupils might need to rotate in groups to different desks in a room. Alternatively, pupils could remain seated and pass their flip chart sheet to the group beside them after the allocated time.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
- Pupils are divided into small groups.
- Each group is given a flip chart sheet or an A3 sized piece of paper with a question relevant to a particular topic at the top. Each piece of paper might have a different question.
- Pupils work in their groups within a time limit to write down their responses, thoughts and ideas which stem from the initial question.
- Each group might be given a different colour of pen to allow for easy identification of responses afterwards.
- After the allocated time pupils rotate to another sheet with a different question.
- They read the responses of the previous group and discuss whether they agree or disagree. If they agree, they tick. If they disagree, they could justify this by writing an explanation.
- Pupils then write down their own thoughts on the issue. If their ideas have stemmed from the previous groups’ written responses, they could connect the ideas with an arrow.
- The carousel could be continued, if time permits, until each group has had the opportunity to see and respond to each question.
- A debrief afterwards is beneficial.
- Carousel is also a useful evaluation tool. Questions might include: what have you learned today? What was the most surprising/shocking/interesting/useful thing for you today? What might you have done differently?