In prior articles, both the Jigsaw Method (connecting planners like puzzle pieces) and the Symbiotic Method (allowing planners to feed off one another) of linking planners were described as stand-alones, and the idea of using these planning tools in combination at a school was presented. But what would that look like? How would you know if a combination of both methods was necessary in order to meet your teaching and learning needs? It really all depends on whether you want a Single Educational Framework or Multiple Educational Frameworks at your school. If you are opting for a single framework, chances are that a combination of both the Jigsaw and the Symbiotic Methods won’t be necessary; however, if you are choosing to go the multiple framework route, then using a mix of both might be your best bet.
Let’s take a look at some scenarios:
A. The Tinkertoy Model
In the Tinkertoy Model, a school has one main Educational Framework and then additional connecting frameworks. Because you are working with separate entities it is possible to mix and match planning methods. So, for example, you may opt to use the Jigsaw Method for the main framework with one of the additional frameworks, and use the Symbiotic Method for the other additional framework. There is no right or wrong way to combine the two methods in the Tinkertoy Model, it all depends on a school’s needs, how many frameworks are designed, and the purpose of each framework.
B. The Lego Model
If you are connecting your Educational Frameworks using the Lego Model, whereby a new framework snaps onto and envelopes an existing framework at your school, the original framework would most likely follow the Jigsaw Method, and then you would have the option of choosing either the Jigsaw or the Symbiotic Method of attaching planners when designing the new framework.
C. The Cog Model
The Cog Model is intended to allow school, staff and students to move together cohesively and in unison. Should your school choose the Cog Model, the Jigsaw Method of linking planners would most likely be used for designing the school framework, and then the Symbiotic Method would be the recommended way to go for linking the teacher and student frameworks and planners. That being said, every school is different, and alternate combinations can be explored and created.
The above are but a few scenarios and combinations; as we all know, no two schools are alike, no two schools share the exact same vision. What we offer at Shala Educational Consulting Services are customized solutions that help you to achieve your specific goals. Tell us your needs, we are happy to help!