Only a poor journalist fails to follow a story through to its end, so I’m providing a short report on how my first attempt at Jigsaw worked on Thursday with my advertising class.
I used it to teaching a lesson on figurative language. While I made it clear to students that it was my first attempt at this learning activity and they were patient while I fumbled through its logistics, the class received mixed reviews. Some students loved doing all the learning and teaching themselves while others thought we spent too much time on the lesson.
I think I’ll try Jigsaw again even though I wasn’t happy with the lesson. I was teaching metaphor, simile, analogy, and idiom usage when I think most students already have some grasp on the basics. This would be a better lesson if I concentrated on taking things to the next level by showing students how to develop advertising concepts using metaphors and similes. That’ll be a challenge because I’ll have to figure out how to do that myself.
Regardless, that’s what I’m going to do next. Will I use Jigsaw to teach my next figurative language lesson? Probably not, but I will certainly keep it in my tool belt for another day.