In the OUR curriculum a frequent protocol is the “Info Gap”. Students are paired up with one being given a “data card” and the other a “problem card”.
Directions if you have a problem card:
- Silently read your card and think about what information you need to answer the question.
- Ask your partner for the specific information you need.
- Explain to your partner how you are using the information to solve the problem.
- Solve the problem and explain your reasoning to your partner.
Direction if you have a data card:
- Silently read the information on your card.
- Ask your partner “What specific information do you need?” and wait for your partner to ask for information. Only give information that is on your card. (Do not figure out anything for your partner!)
- Before telling your partner the information, ask, “Why do you need that information?”
- After your partner solves the problem, ask them to explain their reasoning and listen to their explanation.
Here is an example of the cards: