Type of strategy: CollaborationProcessingWriting and/or Reflection

Intended Audience: StudentsTeachers

Learning styles: EN: Extraversion and IntuitionES: Extraversion and Sensing

Partners take turns being the Sage and Scribe. Useful for learning steps, procedures and step-by-step directions.


"Sage-N-Scribe allows guided practice before individual practice. This ensures learners are successful during independent work." Spencer Kagan 


In pairs, Person A is the Sage; Person B is the Scribe. Using paper or a technology you can write/type on.

  1. The Sage gives the Scribe step-by-Step instructions how to perform a task or solve a problem.
  2. The Scribe records the Sage's solution step-bystep in writing/typing, coaching if necessary.
  3. The Scribe praises the Sage.
  4. Switch roles for the next problem or task.



  • Solving math problems
  • Learning a technology like Google Apps: Docs
  • Using an iPad or app


Enhance Brain Engagement

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4 Corners

Submitted by: Jennifer Arns