Staff Development Strategies


Jennifer Arns's picture

One participant attempts to use words to describe a concept covered during class to get a team to correctly name the concept.


To help participants recall and revisit different key terms, content areas or pieces of technical information.

Time:  10 minutes

Audience:  Any audience with a common language

Group Size:  10 or more participants


  • 5-10 slides. Each slide should have one concept or idea from the content covered. Black screens are added in between each concept slide. OR chart pack with the concept or idea each written on sheets.
  • Dice: One die per
  • Candy/Prize (optional)


  1. Separate the participants in the room into groups of 3-5 people. In a computer classroom, this is easily done by row.
  2. Explain to the group that a volunteer will be attempting to get the remainder of the group to guess a word, phrase, or concept in a 15-30 second window. The volunteer will face the screen or chart paper.  The class is facing opposite (to see this applied watch video at 1:29) If you are presenting with a projector from the front of the room, you can easily turn the projector to reflect on a back wall. 
  3. After 15-30 seconds passes, the slide automatically advances to a black screen. Or if you are using a chart pack you will need to manually advance the paper.
  4. Teams that guessed the concept before it moved to the black screen roll their die and score the number of points they roll.
  5. Rotate the volunteer position to a new team member and repeat the steps.
  6. Repeat the steps as many times as time allows or for as much revisit as the group needs.

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