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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Candy Introductions

Getting to know you icebreaker, a way to learn new facts about each other in an easy way.

Yes

The 4-Player Model, Framework for Teams

Good strategy to generate discussion, process thinking and reflection, and see other perspectives

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

In My Life I Have Never Ever

Getting to know you icebreaker.

Yes

Round and Round

This is a great opener or get-to-know-you activity for a group of people. It requires a large room and the ability to move around a bit.
Yes

Dump and Clump

This strategy is used to provide a deeper understanding of vocabulary/content information by using critical thinking skills to categorize words. Students begin by organizing their words and placing them into the appropriate categories. The conversation that goes on each group will help in understanding and retention of the words. The teacher may provide the categories or the students can create their own categories depending on the content and level of the student. The teacher may also choose to have each group write a summary sentence using words from the categories.
Yes

Metaphorically Speaking

Bring out the creative side of your audience / class by having them create metaphors about the topic you are introducing. We often would like our group or class to think dfferently about and idea, problem, or exercise and sometimes creating a metaphor can help trigger insights.

Yes

Pick A Card

Use this as an icebreaker or just a way to organize the room/setting.
Yes

On The Map

Participants move and interact using geography with get to know you questions.

Yes

The Making Meaning Protocol (for use with a text)

Developed by Daniel Baron
Yes

What? So What? Now What?

Gene Thompson-Grove, National School Reform Faculty, 2004
Yes

Wagon Wheels Brainstorm

Developed in the field by educators affiliated with National School Reform Faculty.
Yes

Snowball Fight

Opening, G2NY, Get rid of worries.

Yes

Turtle

Quick transition strategy to have audience disconnect from devices.

Yes

Brainy Box

Using an online tool and the six sides of a box, have students create a model that demonstrates their learning.

Yes