Round Robin Teaching Strategy
- Place 3-5 students at each table. There is one piece of paper and one scribe per table.
- The team members at each table are given the same topic on which to respond, eg ‘list all the components of … ‘ or ‘what are the major needs of …’. However, each of the tables can be given a different topic.
- At the given signal, each group begins their brainstorming whilst the scribe records their ideas.
- After 90 seconds or so, with a signal from the teacher, the pieces of paper move one desk to the left. One member in each team reads the responses from the previous table and then continues to generate and record more ideas on the new piece of paper. The rule is that students may not repeat what they have recorded previously.
- After 2 minutes, move the papers to the left again on the teacher’s signal, and repeat the process.
- After three or four rotations, the process enters a new phase. The teacher can ask each group to rank the best three or four ideas or ask them to annotate the various answers in terms of classifications designed by the teacher (or students) such as ‘the most creative ideas’, ‘the most practical ideas’, ideas which meet criteria A, then B. Students will then feedback their selections to the teacher who will record these on the board in order to start discussion or debate. There are many ways in which teachers can add value to the preliminary Round Robin.