Using the Jigsaw Strategy allows students to become "experts" on a single topic or concept. They research and learn about their topic in small groups, taking notes, and discussing together the essentials.
After becoming "experts", they will leave their first group and join a second small group in which they teach others about their concept. The key for students is to teach. They do not simply pass around their notes, copying from one another. Rather, they verbally teach their peers about their concept. Students who participate in self-learning, note taking, and verbally teaching will gain more in depth knowledge and understanding as they must consider how to communicate what they have learned to others.
Give students the chance to teach one another, give them control, and give them the opportunity to share their learning and expertise with others! Give it a try, and see what you can learn!