Staff Development Strategies

The strategies database is a place to find instructional strategies to use with adults or students, to deepen learning and engage the learner! 

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Share One Word

Share One Word

From Edutopia

Ask students to share one word about how they are feeling that day. It can be in general, about a new project, or about something that is happening in their lives or in the world. This is whole-child stuff that tends to the emotional aspect of the student, bringing balance to the academic and intellectual focuses that typically drive the school day. It also builds emotional intelligence. When I was first doing this opening routine, students would say things like good, okay, tired, and bad, and then as they became more comfortable with each other and gained a larger vocabulary of emotion words, they began to share such words as pensive, anxious, serene, and frustrated. For low-stakes in the beginning, have students share with a neighbor or in a triad, then build to a whip around the room where everyone shares her or his word aloud. 

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Discussion Prompts Based on Documentary Most Likely to Succeed

Uses clips from the film and provides discussion questions for each clip. Focused on learning, creativity, growth mindset, innovation. Clips are in Vimeo.

http://sparks.mltsfilm.org/

Yes

Soundwave Energizer

This is a quick, fun, easy, non-content related, way to get medium to large groups energized.
Yes

Stoplight Feedback

Quick formative assessment strategy
Yes

Dinner Date

A techie and fun take on the old "dinner date" question.
Yes

Compass Points

To help learners flesh out an idea or proposition and eventually evaluate it.

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Take Off, Touch Down

Learners stand and sit to answer questions as the teacher polls the group.

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I used to think...

Quick reflection prompt
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Magic Carpet

The Magic Carpet teambuilding activity is easy to lead and requires simple and easy to obtain props (tarp, plastic sheet).
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Do Now Task

The purpose of these short assignments is not learning new content but possibly reviewing from the prior day or filling time while attendance and the day's logistics are in progress. Use this morning time for collaboration.
Yes

Share Fair

Create a digital or paper poster to share your areas of interest and expertise.

Yes

Write-Around

This strategy is a powerful way to get hesitant writers and speakers to give their opinion and build off the statements of others.
Yes

The Final Word

The purpose of this discussion format is to give each person in the group an opportunity to have their ideas, understandings, and perspective enhanced by hearing from others. With this format, the group can explore an article, clarify their thinking, and have their assumptions and beliefs questioned in order to gain a deeper understanding of the issue.
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Question Cards

Have participants play Question Cards and develop questions around a topic or lesson.
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Ridiculous Debate

Try this fun energizer as an opener.
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