Teaching Strategies Library

4 Ted Talks to Teach Executive Functioning Skills

4 Ted Talks to Teach Executive Functioning Skills

Executive functioning skills are key for our students to find success in the classroom and ...
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Building a Better Breakout Room

Building a Better Breakout Room

Google Meet now gives you the ability to put students into smaller meetings, or breakout ...
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Creative Ways to Use Jamboard

Creative Ways to Use Jamboard

Jamboard is Google's digital whiteboard that gives students a place to brainstorm and work collaboratively ...
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Silent Discussions

Silent Discussions

Silent Discussions are a discussion warm-up activity that modifies easily to the online environment. Using ...
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Engage-Explore-Explain Choice Boards

Engage-Explore-Explain Choice Boards

A choice board is a graphic organizer that allows students to choose different ways to ...
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Choose Your Own Adventure Project

Choose Your Own Adventure Project

This creative "choose your own adventure" learning experience gives students lots of voice and choice ...
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Digital Bulletin Boards & Gallery Walks

Digital Bulletin Boards & Gallery Walks

You don't have to give up Gallery Walks just because we're teaching online. Use this ...
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Eduprotocols

Eduprotocols

EduProtocols are instructional lesson frames that are designed to engage students in online learning through ...
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Interactive Quizzes

Interactive Quizzes

Learn how to create interactive quizzes using Google Slides. Template included ...
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Interactive Choice Boards

Interactive Choice Boards

Choice boards are a form of differentiated learning that gives students a menu or choice ...
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Digital Interactive Notebooks

Digital Interactive Notebooks

DINBs are virtual binders that students use to organize their class notes and activities, and to interact ...
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Hyperdocs

Hyperdocs

HyperDocs are interactive lesson plans that use Google Docs or Slides to provide access for ...
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Virtual Icebreakers & Google Meet Games

Virtual Icebreakers & Google Meet Games

Features an editable slide deck with yes/no, would you rather, and open-ended questions, and a ...
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Bitmoji Virtual Classrooms

Bitmoji Virtual Classrooms

Learn how to use Google Slides to create a virtual bitmoji classroom. Includes a tutorial ...
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Templates for Organizing Weekly Content

Templates for Organizing Weekly Content

This is a collection of Google Slides templates for organizing weekly lesson plans. Students click ...
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Meet the Teacher Templates

Meet the Teacher Templates

This is a Google Slides template for introducing yourself to students. Topics include a quick ...
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Meet-the-Student Templates

Meet-the-Student Templates

Give your students a creative way to introduce themselves. Here you'll find templates for virtual ...
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Distance Learning Expectations

Distance Learning Expectations

There are 3 option in this post for communicating distance learning expectations: a Disney themed ...
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Syllabus Templates

Syllabus Templates

This is an editable Google Slides template for making a digital version of your syllabus, ...
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Article of the Week

Article of the Week

Part of the reason students struggle with reading is because they lack prior knowledge and ...
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E-Books

E-Books

You’ve reached the end of a unit or year, and you want students to demonstrate ...
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Curation Assignments

Curation Assignments

When it’s time to plan the learning experiences that would have our students operating on ...
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Crumple & Shoot

Crumple & Shoot

This high-energy, low-tech game can be used in any subject area and is perfect for ...
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How to Teach Collaboration

How to Teach Collaboration

Before launching into literature circles, fishbowl discussions, Socratic Seminars, or any other small group pedagogy, ...
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Make it Stick

Make it Stick

Procrastinate - Cram - Test - Forget. This is how most kids get through school ...
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Word Splash Worksheet

Word Splash Worksheet

A word splash presents several new (and perhaps unfamiliar) vocabulary words and phrases randomly across ...
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Close Reading Bookmarks

Close Reading Bookmarks

This simple tool is an excellent way to help students keep track of evidence as ...
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Turn & Talk Sentence Frames

Turn & Talk Sentence Frames

Every 12-15 minutes, students should be given a short amount of time to consolidate their ...
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Send-a-Question

Send-a-Question

This strategy promotes team building and concept review as well as explorations that are more ...
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Problem-Solving Carousel

Problem-Solving Carousel

Each station has a different multi-step problem written on a large whiteboard or piece of ...
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Value Lines - Where do I Stand?

Value Lines – Where do I Stand?

This strategy is a blend of Bend the Line and Philosophical Chairs that has been ...
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Note-Taking: Research Round-Up

Note-Taking: Research Round-Up

We all have our own half-baked ideas about what makes one note-taking approach better than ...
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Two No-Prep Strategies to Crowdsource Student Learning in Your Classroom

Two No-Prep Strategies to Crowdsource Student Learning in Your Classroom

In this post are two strategies you can use in your classroom that engage students ...
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"Two Things": A Quick, No-Quiz Retrieval Strategy

“Two Things”: A Quick, No-Quiz Retrieval Strategy

How can we use retrieval practice to break up our lessons, quickly and easily, without ...
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Brain Dumps: A Small Strategy with a Big Impact

Brain Dumps: A Small Strategy with a Big Impact

Here’s a small strategy that makes a big impact on student learning – based on ...
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5 Ways to Turn a Worksheet into a Collaborative Critical Thinking Activity

5 Ways to Turn a Worksheet into a Collaborative Critical Thinking Activity

Here are 5 no prep ways you can turn just about any lower level thinking ...
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Make It Stick: 4 Powerful Teaching Strategies Based on the Science of Learning

Make It Stick: 4 Powerful Teaching Strategies Based on the Science of Learning

Over the past few decades, cognitive scientists have been trying to pinpoint exactly which activities ...
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How to Build a Better Slideshow

How to Build a Better Slideshow

Far too many PowerPoints and other slideshow presentations (by students AND teachers) are suffering from ...
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Station Rotations

Station Rotations

The Station Rotations Model is essentially the secondary version of Learning Centers, which are commonly ...
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Tech Tools for Mind Mapping

Tech Tools for Mind Mapping

Graphic organizers, or “mind maps,” make thinking visual, organizing concepts in a way that shows ...
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10 Review Activities for Any Unit

10 Review Activities for Any Unit

It's easy for review to get a little mundane, quickly going back over everything through ...
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SOAPSTone Analysis: Essay Planning

SOAPSTone Analysis: Essay Planning

Good composition, whether written, spoken, or drawn, is carefully planned. This composition has integral parts ...
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Forced Choice Partners (Would You Rather...?)

Forced Choice Partners (Would You Rather…?)

This activity can be used as an icebreaker or as a way to move students ...
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Infographics Project

Infographics Project

A good infographic can distill a concept so clearly. Take a hugely complex issue and ...
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Discussion Warm-Ups

Discussion Warm-Ups

Most students just don't respond well to walking into class and kicking off a discussion ...
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Exit Ticket Sorting Bins

Exit Ticket Sorting Bins

Having students self-sort their exit tickets according to their confidence level with the knowledge or ...
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Teacher Clarity

Teacher Clarity

Teacher clarity is a measure of the clarity of communication between teachers and students in ...
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Getting Started with Genius Hour

Getting Started with Genius Hour

Do you find yourself searching for that one project that would truly engage your students? ...
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Sketchnoting

Sketchnoting

Sketchnotes are like one-pagers that you create on the fly, making your choices rapidly as ...
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One-Pagers for the Art-Phobic

One-Pagers for the Art-Phobic

One-pagers are becoming increasingly popular as a way to help students process what they have ...
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Pop-Up Debates

Pop-Up Debates

Pop-up Debate is a method for managing and facilitating in-class debates; it is easily modifiable ...
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Is That Higher-Order Task Really Higher-Order?

Is That Higher-Order Task Really Higher-Order?

It’s kind of a given that most teachers want their students to be doing rigorous, ...
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Wicked Problems & Impossible Projects: 33 Questions at DOK Level 4

Wicked Problems & Impossible Projects: 33 Questions at DOK Level 4

Wicked problems and impossible projects are complicated by nature because of the many components, factors, ...
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DOK Ceilings

DOK Ceilings

This visual, designed by Erik Francis of Maverick Education, is intended for teachers to use ...
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DOK is NOT a Wheel!

DOK is NOT a Wheel!

Depth of Knowledge. It’s a concept we in education have heard a lot about since ...
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What Does DOK Level 4 Look Like?

What Does DOK Level 4 Look Like?

Curricular elements assigned to this level demand extended and integrated use of higher order thinking ...
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What Does DOK Level 3 Look Like?

What Does DOK Level 3 Look Like?

Tasks and classroom discourse falling into this category demand the use of planning, reasoning, and ...
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What Does DOK Level 2 Look Like?

What Does DOK Level 2 Look Like?

Level 2 includes the engagement of mental processing beyond recalling, reproducing, or locating an answer ...
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What Does DOK Level 1 Look Like?

What Does DOK Level 1 Look Like?

Curricular elements that fall into this category involve basic tasks that require students to recall ...
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History of Higher Order Thinking Tools

History of Higher Order Thinking Tools

Cognitive Rigor: Blending the Strengths of Bloom's Taxonomy and Webb's Depth of Knowledge to Enhance ...
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Hess Cognitive Rigor Matrix (Classroom Walk-Through Tool)

Hess Cognitive Rigor Matrix (Classroom Walk-Through Tool)

Looking for rigot walk-through tool: teacher and student roles ...
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Hess Cognitive Rigor Matrix (CTE)

Hess Cognitive Rigor Matrix (CTE)

Hess’s Interpretation Applying Webb’s Depth-of-Knowledge Levels to Bloom’s Cognitive Process Dimensions in Career and Technical ...
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Hess Cognitive Rigor Matrix (World Language)

Hess Cognitive Rigor Matrix (World Language)

Applying Webb’s Depth-of-Knowledge Levels to Bloom’s Cognitive Process Dimensions in World Language ...
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Hess Cognitive Rigor Matrix (Health/PE)

Hess Cognitive Rigor Matrix (Health/PE)

Applying (Hess’s Interpretation of) Depth of Knowledge to Porter’s Cognitive Demand Categories in Health and ...
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Hess Cognitive Rigor Matrix (Fine Arts)

Hess Cognitive Rigor Matrix (Fine Arts)

Applying (Hess’ Interpretation of) Webb’s Depth-of-Knowledge Levels to Artistic Practices ...
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Hess Cognitive Rigor Matrix (Social Studies)

Hess Cognitive Rigor Matrix (Social Studies)

Applying Webb’s Depth-of-Knowledge Levels to Bloom’s Cognitive Process Dimensions in Social Studies ...
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Hess Cognitive Rigor Matrix (Writing/Speaking)

Hess Cognitive Rigor Matrix (Writing/Speaking)

Applying Webb’s Depth-of-Knowledge Levels to Bloom’s Cognitive Process Dimensions in Writing/Speaking ...
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Hess Cognitive Rigor Matrix (Math/Science)

Hess Cognitive Rigor Matrix (Math/Science)

Applying Webb’s Depth-of-Knowledge Levels to Bloom’s Cognitive Process Dimensions in Math and Science ...
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Hess Cognitive Rigor Matrix (Reading)

Hess Cognitive Rigor Matrix (Reading)

Applying Webb’s Depth-of-Knowledge Levels to Bloom’s Cognitive Process Dimensions in Reading ...
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What's It Really About Carousel

What’s It Really About Carousel

"What's It Really About?" Carousel What It Is This activity is similar to the Debate Team ...
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A Better Table Summary

A Better Table Summary

This activity allows students to process the most essential elements of the day’s lesson. They ...
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List, Group, Label

List, Group, Label

List, Group, Label is an excellent way to have students collaboratively “spill their brains” onto ...
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1, 2, 3 O'Clock

1, 2, 3 O’Clock

This wrap-up technique allows you to quickly review three important questions by having students respond ...
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A-Z Sentence Summary

A-Z Sentence Summary

In this activity, students use alphabet refrigerator magnets to create a Chalkboard Splash review. At ...
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Three-Sentence Wrap Up

Three-Sentence Wrap Up

By asking students for Three-Sentence Wrap-Ups, you eliminate their tendency to add every peripheral item ...
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The Biggest Aha Bar Graph

The Biggest Aha Bar Graph

The Biggest Aha Bar Graph allows you to capture what students feel are their most ...
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The Biggest Aha Quick-Write

The Biggest Aha Quick-Write

The Biggest Aha Quick-Write is a quick, versatile activity that can provide closure to almost ...
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One Word Summary

One Word Summary

One-Word Summaries to allow students to summarize the essence of the content presented that day ...
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IQ Cards (Insight & Question)

IQ Cards (Insight & Question)

IQ Cards allow all students to share two things: an insight (I) and a question ...
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Debate Team Carousel

Debate Team Carousel

Debate Team Carousel is an activity in which students debate a position from various angles ...
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Pause, Star, Rank

Pause, Star, Rank

This activity allows students to review their notes while the concepts are still fresh in ...
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Lecture T-Chart

Lecture T-Chart

A Lecture T-Chart can be very useful to students by allowing them to review their ...
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Picture Notes

Picture Notes

Picture Notes can provide an excellent way for students to stop and process what they ...
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Confer, Compare, and Clarify

Confer, Compare, and Clarify

This activity allows students to read each other’s notes, make comparisons, and add their own ...
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The Ripple

The Ripple

In the traditional question-and-answer approach, a teacher poses a question to the class as a ...
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Feature Walk

Feature Walk

The Feature Walk allows students to get out of their seats and work in small ...
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Bounce Cards

Bounce Cards

Bounce cards are a way to help students who struggle to get academic conversations started ...
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Appointment Agendas

Appointment Agendas

This is a fun way to get students out of their seats and interacting with ...
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Categorizing & Sorting

Categorizing & Sorting

Categorizing and sorting can be used to help students understand a wide variety of unique ...
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Networking Sessions

Networking Sessions

A Networking Session is a simple mix-it-up activity that allows students to talk to others ...
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Three 3's in a Row

Three 3’s in a Row

Three 3’s in a Row is like Bingo, in which students interact with peers and ...
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Hold-Ups

Hold-Ups

Hold-Ups are interaction-based activities that use response cards. In these activities, students interactively reflect on a ...
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Thumbs Up/Down Vote

Thumbs Up/Down Vote

Thumbs Up/Down Vote is another one of those quick techniques that many teachers use frequently ...
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Ranking

Ranking

Ranking is an activity that requires your students to analyze components of the concepts that ...
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Similes

Similes

Similes compare two unrelated things. For example, a simile using the topic of TPTs might ...
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Thumps Up When Ready & Processing Cards

Thumps Up When Ready & Processing Cards

Allowing students to take even a brief moment to process their reflections to a prompt ...
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Chalkboard Splash

Chalkboard Splash

Chalkboard Splashes provide a quick way to debrief students’ responses, Quick-Draws, or abbreviated Quick-Writes.  ...
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Quick-Draw Gallery Walk

Quick-Draw Gallery Walk

Quick-Draws are opportunities for students to demonstrate their understanding of an abstract term or concept ...
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Quick-Draws

Quick-Draws

Quick-Draws are opportunities for students to demonstrate their understanding of an abstract term or concept ...
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Quick-Writes

Quick-Writes

A Quick-Write is a brief activity that can be inserted at almost any point within ...
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RallyCoach

RallyCoach

Partners take turns providing ideas/ answers or solving problems orally or in writing. Variations include ...
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RallyTable

RallyTable

Partners take turns providing ideas/ answers or solving problems orally or in writing. Variations include ...
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Stand Up - Hand Up - Pair Up

Stand Up – Hand Up – Pair Up

Students stand up, put their hands up, and quickly find a partner with whom to ...
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Timed Pair Share

Timed Pair Share

In pairs, students share with a partner for a predetermined time while their partner listens ...
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Three-Step Interview

Three-Step Interview

Students interview their partner and then each share with teammates what they learned ...
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Telephone

Telephone

One student per team leaves the room during instruction. When students return, teammates provide instruction ...
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Stand-N-Share

Stand-N-Share

Teams check off or add each idea as it is shared by other teams, sitting ...
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Talking Chips

Talking Chips

Teammates place talking chips in the center of the table to make sure everyone contributes ...
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Spend-a-Buck

Spend-a-Buck

To make a team decision, teammates use play moneyand "spend a buck" to vote on ...
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Showdown

Showdown

Teams have a set of question cards stacked facedown in the center of the table ...
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RoundTable

RoundTable

In teams, students take turns generating written responses, solving problems, or making a contribution to ...
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RallyRobin

RallyRobin

Partners take turns providing ideas/ answers or solving problems orally or in writing. Variations include ...
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Quiz-Quiz-Trade

Quiz-Quiz-Trade

Students quiz a partner, get quizzed by a partner, and then trade cards to repeat ...
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Pairs Compare

Pairs Compare

Pairs generate a list of possible ideas or answers. Pairs compare their answers with another ...
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10-24-7 Note Review Strategy

10-24-7 Note Review Strategy

Offers a schedule for student interaction with notes 10 minutes, 24 hours, and 7 days ...
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Model Cornell Notes

Model Cornell Notes

EQ: How do students use Cornell notes to record, revise, question, review, and summarize new ...
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Promoting Rigor with Higher Level Prompts

Promoting Rigor with Higher Level Prompts

Provides verbs and teacher prompts for each level of thinking ...
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One Stray

One Stray

One teammate strays from his or her team to a new team to share or ...
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Mix-Pair-Share

Mix-Pair-Share

The class mixes until the teacher calls "pair." Students find a new partner to discuss ...
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Mix-Freeze-Group

Mix-Freeze-Group

Students rapidly "mix" around the room, "freeze" in their tracks, and frantically "group" to avoid ...
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Match Mine

Match Mine

Partners on opposite sides of a barrier communicate with precision, attempting to match the other's ...
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Jot Thoughts

Jot Thoughts

Teammates cover the table, writing ideas on slips of paper ...
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Inner-Outer Circle

Inner-Outer Circle

Students rotate in concentric circles to face new partners for sharing, quizzing, or problem-solving ...
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Flashcard Game

Flashcard Game

Partners proceed through three rounds as they quiz each pther with flashcards, mastering the content ...
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Find-the-Fiction

Find-the-Fiction

Students write three statements and read them to teammates. Teammates try to find which of ...
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Find Someone Who

Find Someone Who

Students circulate through the classroom, forming and reforming pairs, trying to find "someone who knows" ...
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Fan-N-Pick

Fan-N-Pick

Teammates play a card game to respond to questions. Roles rotate with each new question ...
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Gallery Walk/Carousel Feedback

Gallery Walk/Carousel Feedback

Teams rotate from project to project to leave feedback for other teams ...
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Student-Authored Textbooks

Student-Authored Textbooks

Student-Authored Textbooks What if instead of approaching vocabulary as something they had to learn each ...
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Vocab Magic Spells

Vocab Magic Spells

Vocab Magic Spells Like the Tattoo Design activity, I think magic spell vocabulary has the potential to ...
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Vocab Post-It Stations

Vocab Post-It Stations

Vocab Post-It Stations Stations are a great way for you to get your kids up ...
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Vocab Tattoo Design

Vocab Tattoo Design

If you’re really struggling to get kids interested in the power of words, try an ...
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Vocab Review Games

Vocab Review Games

Online Review Games By now, Kahoot and Quizlet are much loved tools for the teachers of a gamer generation ...
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Vocab Word Wall Posters

Vocab Word Wall Posters

Vocab Word Wall Posters Have you heard of a word wall? Basically you put vocabulary ...
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Vocab Postcards

Vocab Postcards

Vocab Postcards I've got a weakness for buying postcards, but I've turned it into a ...
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Vocab Video Journals

Vocab Video Journals

Vocab Video Journals You know how you sometimes stumble upon AMAZING Youtube videos and you ...
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Vocab One-Pagers

Vocab One-Pagers

Vocab One-Pagers Another great way to get students thinking carefully about their words is to ...
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