The doughnut is a simple activity that can enable students to have a structured conversation with several people in a short space of time. It can develop the idea of movement within the classroom for a specific purpose. It is a forerunner to the more complex activities involving Home Groups, experts, envoying etc. and is particularly suitable for younger students. Sometimes known as Inside-Outside Circle this activity can be used as a development of ‘circle time’.
Sharing information and ideas, developing ideas, class building, communication.
Talking quietly, moving for a purpose, sharing information, listening, summarising other’s ideas, paraphrasing, asking questions, help others.
P I G S F
Students work in pairs and depend on each other to share ideas, ask questions and remember what has been said.
Each person must share information and ideas, they will need to ask questions and be able to repeat or summarise what has been said
High. All students are involved at all times.
All students will be actively engaged in purposeful speaking and listening.
Can be used across the curriculum for all age groups. Young children can all participate in speaking and listening activities when sharing their news. (An excellent development of ‘circle time’).
Older students can learn interview techniques by interviewing each other across a range of subjects.
A fun way of testing each other using mastery questions in many subjects, particularly maths, science etc.
This is a very adaptable structure that can be appropriately used with students of all ages. The skills developed using the Doughnut can be developed upon with older students undertaking more complex group activities.