- Some students read their material more slowly than others; other students rush through the individual work in their Expert Group.
- The volume level in the classroom distracts some students as they try to learn their topic for the first time.
- What about students that were absent on the learning day? Jigsaws typically take 2 or 3 days to complete, so you get the problem of a student who missed the time in their Expert Group... what's he/she supposed to do now??
If you flip it, then the Expert Groups can learn their material outside the classroom. Give them a couple nights to watch / listen to / read whatever you provide. Each student takes the time he/she needs, in a more appropriate location, regardless of their attendance at school. The small group peer pressure should help ensure that most or all come to class prepared. Let the Expert Groups meet briefly (less than a class period) to prepare and align their mini-presentations -- this is an important quality assurance step. Then break student into the Home Groups and let the teaching begin!
The Civil War Trust has a fantastic set of informational videos about various aspects of the war. Last June, I used these topics for the Expert Groups in a flipped jigsaw. I'm very glad that I assigned such short videos, because students re-watched them to improve their understanding. We use Schoology, which allowed me to individually assign videos. On a regular website you could list all the video links on the same page, and then list the names of individuals or groups next to their assigned video.