Teacher Tip Tuesday on Thursday

August 10, 2023 No Comments

Here are a few easy classroom activities that you can try with your students: 1. Four Corners: This activity gets students up and moving while engaging them in decision-making and critical thinking. Choose four corners of the classroom and assign each corner a different response or option related to a question or topic. Read a statement or ask a question, and students move to the corner that represents their response or choice. Allow students to discuss their choices in their groups or with the class. 2. Think-Pair-Share: This classic activity encourages student engagement and collaboration. Pose a question or problem to the class, and give students a few moments to think about it individually. Then, have them pair up with a partner to discuss their thoughts. Finally, invite pairs to share their ideas with the whole class, fostering discussion and deeper understanding. 3. Gallery Walk: Set up stations around the classroom with different visuals, texts, or questions related to a topic of study. Divide students into small groups and assign each group to a station. Students rotate through the stations, observing and discussing the content. This activity promotes active learning, collaboration, and exploration of different perspectives. 4. Jigsaw Activity: Divide a larger topic or piece of content into smaller sections or subtopics. Assign each student or group a specific section to become an expert on. Students research and study their assigned section, then regroup with others who studied the same section to share and discuss their findings. Finally, students reconvene in their original groups and share what they learned from the other experts. This activity promotes research skills, collaboration, and a comprehensive understanding of the topic. 5. Quick Writes: Give students a short amount of time (e.g., 5-10 minutes) to respond to a prompt or question in writing. This can be done individually or in pairs. Quick writes can be used as a reflection activity, to generate ideas, or to check for understanding. They can also serve as a starting point for further class discussion or writing assignments. Remember to adapt these activities to suit the age and abilities of your students, and feel free to modify them to align with your specific curriculum and learning goals.

Lisa Anderson

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