This sharing can be done in class or in a written format, which can be compiled and distributed to the entire class.
The feedback in my class following this activity confirmed for me that this format was a richer learning experience than a traditional panel discussion. Teaching without telling: Contemporary pedagogical theory put into practice.
If you are breaking the class into two distinct groups, you need half as many problems as students, but two copies.
Arrange your desks in two rows facing each other, like this: Each student gets a problem.
It's important to use problems that will take all your kids about the same amount of time to complete. If you will have the whole class working together, you need as many problems as students.
They have several minutes to solve and become the expert on that problem for the day.
After a few minutes have passed, tell them the answer is on the back so they can check if they did it right.
One student remarked that she felt they were getting a special backstage pass to connect with professionals in their field.
The activity allowed for deep learning and sparked inquiry into the profession that carried throughout the semester.
As the instructor and panel moderator, one has to manage the questions from the class as well as rein in the excitement and enthusiasm of the panel participants to impart their wisdom. I asked the class for feedback following the inclusion of two panel discussions.