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Back to Back

This discussion is part of a collection:Implementing CCSS Practice Standard 6

"Meeting in the Middle" reminds me of an activity I've used to develop precision of language. Two children sit back to back, each with an identical set of shapes in front of them. One arranges them in a design and gives oral directions to the other for duplicating it. The receiver may not speak or ask questions, but only tries to follow the instructions. Then they compare resulting designs. Other students, who observed silently, can help in the debriefing by offering constructive suggestions for how the communication might have been more effective, thereby practicing their own communication skills.


I loved back to back communication method which can be very helpful for the students to be more creative and improve their concentration level as well as thinking level. Every teacher must make students try this out so that they can improve their studies and communication skills.

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