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! 

Strategy Category Updatedsort icon Published

60 Second Talk

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

10 Reflective Questions to Ask at the End of Class

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

Clue

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

Yes

I Like, I Wish, What If

A quick and easy strategy for reflection. The simple structure helps encourage constructive feedback.
Yes

Goal Setting Activity

A simple process by which participants can set specific, realistic, challenging, and flexible goals.
Yes

Eye Contact Buddying

A quick and easy way to partner people in a group

Yes

Campfire Sketchnotes

Great protocol for an opener or discussion starter. From @kristenswanson.
Yes

Roll & Reflect

Here's a reflection question generator and dice that can help participants express their responses. Both the generator and dice use QR codes and serendipity to call up reflection questions and avenues for responding.
Yes

Triangle-Square-Circle

This strategy encourages participants to reflect on their learning and process information presented in the lesson. Similar to other closing strategies, it asks participants to pick out important pieces of information and to question anything they don’t completely understand. As a teacher, it is a tool that will be used to gauge understanding and determine if anything needs to be re-addressed in future lessons.
Yes

Creating Groups of Three

A fun way to have participants group by three and use processing skills

Yes

Team Interview

Learners are interviewed, each in turn by their teammates.  Create connections, learn about each other and bond a group.

Yes

We're All Connected by Yarn

Using skeins of yarn participants can see interconnectedness with others in the group.

Yes

Stir Fry Apply

Participants reflect on an actionable item or one key learning and share with others.

Yes

Classroom Mingle

This discussion technique allows learners to actively engage with new content by moving around the classroom, asking and answering questions with multiple members of the class. Afterwards, there is an opportunity for group review and reflection.
Yes