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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Book Creator

Use Book Creator for the iPad to create an ebook that can be viewed in iBooks and in your library's online catalog.

Yes

Object Lesson

Object lessons serve as a practical example of a principle or an abstract idea. Senses of sight and hearing are the first to develop.

Yes

Prompts to Choose Your Leaders

Choosing volunteers and group leaders randomly so all learners have an opportunity to facilitate, report and lead.

Yes

Six-Word Story Image

This concept has history that traces back to Ernest Hemingway. Legend says that Ernest Hemingway once won a bet that he could write a six-word story that could make people cry. This challenge is an exercise to help participants distill their learning into six short words to get at the true essence of what they are taking away.

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

Paper Tear Communication

An object lesson to help paint the picture about communication and brainstorm the characterists that make a good listener. 
Yes

Alphabet PingPong

Pingpong can be used as an opener, get to know you, or revisit of content all while energizing learners.

Yes

Best/Worst Outcomes

To help participants identify what could be the best thing that could happen and the worst thing that could happen in a meeting or situation.  

Yes

Consensogram

To get a clear reading on the perceptions of a group around a particular issue or question - in an anonymous way. 

Yes

Up and At 'Em

Use this activity to add energy and revisit content especially after lunch or an intense topic.

Yes

Great Generational Truths

Share these, fun generational "truths" to add some humor to your presentation or lesson.

Yes

Piece of PIE

This activity helps everyone identify the best thoughts and actionable ideas from the session in order to encourage action as participants get ready to leave at the end of a session.

Yes

Celebration Card Closer

This activity will reinforce the class learnings and allow for participant recognition.

Yes

Cards and Questions

Using a deck of playing cards, participants will mix and re-mix in pairs to get to know each other better and get ready to learn.

Yes

Purse/Wallet Introductions

Fun, sometimes funny, way to do introductions.
Yes