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 Bar Awards

The facilitator awards each participant a candy bar that reflects a personal story or experience that was shared at a prior meeting.
Yes

M&Ms

Sharing information to learn about classmates.
Yes

Picturing Pairs

Use puzzle cards of three to create groups.
Yes

PictoVocab Review

Each student has a mini whiteboard, marker, and eraser (I use socks). I divide the class into two teams and have one player from each team come to the front of the room. Teams work on vocab review and spelling, which can be tough in science. There is no shouting and everyone is engaged.
Yes

Give Each Lesson its Own Theme Song

Songs are nominated by participants and voted on to accompany topics or content.
Yes

Self Reflection Strategy

Way to provide feedback after a session.
Yes

What's My Word?

Students give clues to each other to help determine the word (vocabulary, phrase, or even numbers) taped onto their back. Then, they have to find their partner. Creates interaction and forces a depth of knowledge about the word or topic.
Yes

Back Channel During Workshops

I was using TypeWith.Me to let workshop attendees collaborate and share ideas and questions as I presented. But it only allowed 16 on one page at a time. Now I will use. http://en.linoit.com/. It allows people to organize their thoughts with a giant cork board of colorable Post-It notes.
Yes

Color Card Grouping

This is a strategy to quickly create random groups.
Yes

Test Error Round-About

When faced with multiple errors shown by students, use this strategy to have students rework and explain the errors made by themselves and others.
Yes

Protecting Personal Information Activity

How do you get middle school students to understand the importance of protecting passwords? You make the activity fun and you give them candy. :-)
Yes

Living Likert

This strategy requires participants to rate how much they agree or disagree with a statement provided by the presenter and also requires participants to move.
Yes

Block Party

A great strategy for setting context, establishing a collective understanding of a piece of text related to a specific topic. Useful in the classroom as well as in professional development activities.
Yes

Travel Journal

The travel journal challenges students to reflect on a trip from the perspective of it being a completely new experience.
Yes

Musical iPad

This activity is like musical chairs.
Yes