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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"Transformation" Rock-Paper-Scissors

A movement activity that could be used as an energizer and/or object lesson

Yes

1-2-3-4 Fingers

Use when you need to quickly assess the skills or knowledge levels of your audience members.

Yes

10 Reflective Questions to Ask at the End of Class

Yes

13 Principals Wrap Up Activity

Use to tie together components of the workshop and help participants reflect on their learning.

Yes

2 Truths and a Lie

People write down two truths about themselves and a lie. Then introduce the three "facts" to the rest of the group who tries to guess which one is a lie. Probably best for groups of less than 15 people.
Yes

3-2-1

Use at the end of a teaching segment or end of a workshop to get participants to review notes/learning and identify what they plan to implement.

Yes

4 Corners

This is a great opener that gets people moving to 4 corners of the room and allows the presenter to assess the skill levels of the participants.
Yes

4 Corners (version 2)

This technique stimulates student learning through movement and discussion, and it can also be used as a formative assessment. Students are presented with a controversial statement or are asked a question. In each of the four corners of the classroom, an opinion or response is posted. Students express their opinion or response by standing in front of one of four statements, and then talking to others about why they have chosen their corner. Four Corners promotes listening, verbal communication, critical thinking, and decision-making.

Yes

4 Steps to Success

Groups of 4 develop a process or sequence in completing a task or problem
Yes

5 Whys

Yes

5-3-1

This summarizing technique is a quick and useful tool to assess students’ background knowledge or their level of understanding. Asking students to determine the most important concepts, facts and points is a valuable skill. Intermediate students can use their responses as a note taking device and the teacher can quickly check for understanding.
Yes

60 Second Talk

Quick opening activity where people share knowledge about a topic for 60 seconds.
Yes

A “Carousel Brainstorm” Group Process

A Carousel Brainstorm is good for generating large numbers of responses to questions or issues. In doing so, the Carousel Brainstorm informally assesses the knowledge of the participants and frames the learning around a particular focus. It can serve as a warm-up process for highlighting an agenda or as a synthesis of learning at the end of a session. It is also physically active and good for times when participants’ energy is low. A Carousel Brainstorm is usually about 45 minutes in length.  1999 by the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory
Yes

A-to-Z

Use with 12 or more participants. This is a great wrap-up activity for a full-day workshop or may be used to break a multi-day workshop into segments. The strategy requires reflection and helps

Yes

A/B Conga Lines

Gives learners an opportunity to share with several others as they work through the lines.
Yes