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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The Single Best Strategy

Strategy for discussion and sharing.
Yes

RSQCS

Wrap-up/reflection activity to connect details to the big picture.

Yes

Card Organizing

Use to mix people into groups, help stretch and move, or make a point about collaboration.

Yes

Icon Partner / Icon Group

 This is a variation of pairing up with a partner, then having each two person pair up with another two person group creating four person groups.

Yes

Card Calling with NO OPT OUT

A strategy that allows a teacher to keep the level of engagement HIGH when calling on students in a whole class setting.

Yes

All Aboard

Activity Source:  International Association of Teamwork Facilitators

Objective: The entire group must fit inside the circle on the ground formed by the two shoestrings.

Yes

Bandanna, Cup, Marble

The Bandanna, Cup, Marble teambuilding game requires a group of 4 to 8 people to transport a marble sitting atop a cup (upside down) from point A to point B.

Yes

Focus Ring

It's called the "Focus Ring" because a team must focus their attention to succeed in this teambuilding exercise. The goal is to transport a ball from point A to point B and then set the ball on a pipe.

Yes

Placemat Consensus

Allows small groups of students to think independently and then share their conclusions collaboratively.

Yes

Equilibrium Check

Use a smily face scale to check the status, feelings or thoughts of your learners.

Yes

Personality Types People Bingo

Help participants get to know their colleagues. The additional purpose of this activity is to allow participants to start learning about MBTI® personality types and learning styles. Specifically, the characteristics of the IS, ES, IN and EN (combinations of energy orientation and perception and learning) are reflected in the People Bingo game. Importantly, not all characteristics are represented and there may be some overlap.

Yes

Technology Buddies

Remember the old reading buddies? This is a 21st Century version.

Yes

Stir the Class

The classroom develops a supportive atmosphere as students move from one huddle to another, sharing ideas, congratulating each other, and building new ideas.

Yes

Kodu Game Lab

This is a free game creator from Microsoft. Kids can work independently or in a group to create their own game and learn basic computer programming and logic.

Yes

Sloth, Puppy, Roadrunner

A three-tier grouping of learners according to their own comfort level/pace. (sloth, puppy, roadrunner).

Yes