Explain the approach of the "Panel of Experts" in teaching methodology.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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It's also known as jigsaw, althogh that is slightly different.  Basically, you assign topics to groups of students or one topic to each student.  The students learn about and research those topics.  Once they are done, they present what they have learned by allowing classmates or the teacher to ask questions.  In the end, everyone learns.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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This can also be known as jigsaw.  You take a book or a topic and break it up into parts, giving each student or group of students a part.  Then, students research their topic and teach it to the class.  This is very successful at any grade level, because it allows students to take ownership over an issue.  The topic or story takes on a personal significance for them.  It also is a great way to break up large amounts of information and shake things up a bit so that studens are actually teaching each other.  As the saying goals, you learn something better when you teach it.

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lrwilliams | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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I think this can be a great way to involve all students in the teaching and learning process. The key to it being successful is that it has to be a topic that is of interest to the students. As mentioned above it lends itself well to a history classroom and the ability to involve students in meaningful discussion about points in history.

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The problem that you might encounter here is that your panelists and/or your questioners might treat this as a stupid, pointless exercise.  When this procedure works well, it is excellent.  But you really have to find ways to force (or inspire) your students to take it seriously so that they actually do a good job.  Otherwise, you have a really painful class session which accomplishes nothing.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that educational techniques and approaches have different names.  I know this method as "the Press Conference" and I have used it in the history classroom.  The idea is to have students act as different individuals and represent divergent points of view on a given topic.  For example, during a lesson American pre- Civil War industrialization, my "panel of experts" would include a factory owner, a worker, an immigrant, as well as a person from the Southern part of the United States.  I would have the remaining students act as members of the news media and "fire off" questions to the panel of experts.  The activity forces students to assume different points of view, foster critical thinking, as well as ensure that quality thought is revealed on a given topic.  In this setting, the teaching is done by the students as they become "teachers" in being the "expert."  It turns out to be an interesting approach to content retention.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that educational techniques and approaches have different names.  I know this method as "the Press Conference" and I have used it in the history classroom.  The idea is to have students act as different individuals and represent divergent points of view on a given topic.  For example, during a lesson American pre- Civil War industrialization, my "panel of experts" would include a factory owner, a worker, an immigrant, as well as a person from the Southern part of the United States.  I would have the remaining students act as members of the news media and "fire off" questions to the panel of experts.  The activity forces students to assume different points of view, foster critical thinking, as well as ensure that quality thought is revealed on a given topic.  In this setting, the teaching is done by the students as they become "teachers" in being the "expert."  It turns out to be an interesting approach to content retention.

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