1. Conga Line – a great way to share ideas with different partners; two lines of students face each other, one line moves with same question or a new one.
2. Inner/Outer Circle – same as Conga Line except with circles, better for limited spaces
3. Pair-Share – activates prior knowledge or shares learned concepts with partners, can be timed
4. Jigsaw/Experts in Residence – each group becomes an expert on a certain part of the lesson, then debriefs the whole group
5. 3-2-1– good closer: three points to remember, two things you liked, one question you still have.
6. Quick Write/Draw — Given a topic, students write and/or draw freely during a timed period (I DO THIS ONE A LOT!!)
7. Gallery Walk – stations with information, participants can write on post-its or directly on the poster with thoughts, comments, or questions
8. Think-Write-Share – Same as pair-share, but gives students more time to organize their thoughts
9. Beach Ball – Concepts are written on a beach ball. As a student catches it, they give a thought or clarify the concept closest to one of their thumbs
10. SOS — Students write a quick Statement, an Opinion based on the statement, and finally a Supporting piece of factual evidence.
11. Poll the Class — Use a simple show of hands, white boards, or even a clicker program, poll the class on foundational knowledge, opinions, or even where they are in their learning.
12. Grade Yourself — Have students give themselves an in-progress grade, then explain why their work is earning that grade. Give them explicit standards and relevant vocab to use in their explanation.