What is it?
Carousel is a cooperative learning structure suited to brainstorm (analyze and evaluate) cause and effect for conflict.
How do I do it?
Preparation for class:
Write different conflicts on separate sheets of chart paper. Examples of conflicts:
§ two – vehicle accident
§ arriving late to class
§ argument between students or siblings
§ questioning change from a cashier
§ stopped by a police officer for speeding on the highway
In the classroom:
§ Hang the chart paper with different conflicts around the room.
§ Divide students into cooperative-learning groups. Groups of three or four work best.
§ Give each group a marker, and direct the group to one of the conflicts.
§ Give each group three minutes to brainstorm causes and effects for the conflict on the chart paper.
§ When time is called, ask the groups to rotate to the next conflict.
§ Give the groups the first minute to read what the previous group wrote.
§ Have them place a question mark beside any answers they disagree with or have questions about.
§ Give them the next two minutes to write any other causes and effects for the conflict.
§ Follow this procedure until each group has rotated to all the conflicts. Monitor the time at each chart, and adjust as necessary.