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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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

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

"Transformation" Rock-Paper-Scissors

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

Yes

Silent Line Up

A movement activity to get participants up and moving with using speech.

Yes

Inside Outside Circle

This is a movement oriented mixer that can be used as a get acquainted activity or as a means to express and check for understanding. It's great to get people to share ideas or to review content, particularly after sitting for a period of time.

Yes

Video Shorts

Use short exciting videos to build engagement

Yes

Mobile and Technology-Enhanced Experiential Activities

Mobile and Technology-Enhanced Experiential Activities on  Jackie Gerstein's Website.

Yes

Google a Partner

A get to know you ice breaker that allows partners to google each other.  Instead of google yourself, when your computer may provide different results, pair up with someone you don't know well and google them.  What did you find about them?

Yes

Pose, Pause, Pounce, Bounce!

Simple, yet sophisticated, AfL (Assessment for Learning) questioning technique to help teachers move from good-to-outstanding. It also helps address differentiation in the classroom and encourages teachers to take risks.
Yes

Einstein Drawing

Teach the process of learning math (or other subjects) without using numbers.

Yes

Colored Numbered Dots

This is an organization strategy for forming groups.

Yes

T .iP.S.

A tech based Think-Pair-Share activity called T (Think) iP (iPad) S (Share). 

Yes

Think-Pair-Share

A strategy designed to provide participants "food for thought" on a given topic enabling them to formulate individual ideas and share these ideas with others. Active engagement strategy to promote speaking and listening.

Yes

Change Exchange

Participants exchange change based on how helpful or creative each idea is. At the end they are left with some change as well as some great ideas.
Yes

Top 10

This is an energizer to use when the group needs a shot of energy.

Yes