background preloader

5 Alternatives to Think-Pair-Share for Classroom Discussion

5 Alternatives to Think-Pair-Share for Classroom Discussion
Editors Note: Originally this blog featured five alternates to think-pair-share in classroom discussion. But the post was so popular we've added five more ideas below! Enjoy! All learners need time to process new ideas and information. They especially need time to verbally make sense of and articulate their learning with a community of learners who are also engaged in the same experience and journey. In other words, kids need to talk!! Problem is, sometimes it’s hard to stay on subject without a little guidance. These five techniques (and a little purposeful planning) go beyond the traditional Turn and Talk/Think-Pair-Share to give students an opportunity to deepen their understanding while practicing their verbal skills. 1. Arrange students into pairs (teacher or student choice). 2. Students mix around the room silently as music plays in the background. 3. Teacher poses a question, sets a time limit and gives students a moment to think before writing. 4. Students work in pairs. 5. 6.

Related:  Improving Instruction / Student EngagementDidaktik/PedagoTeacher resourcesspeakingWays and means

5 Engaging Uses for Letters in Your Classroom The idea of writing a business letter with a class may elicit eye rolls and under-the-breath scoffs of "Oh, that old chestnut!" from many a contemporary teacher. But if we desire to lead classrooms where we value reflective thought and carefully crafted words, letters can be a surprisingly rich genre to explore. Whether it's a letter that you write to your students or a letter that your students send, here are five first-class strategies that address key skills and envelop your students in learning. Ideas to Create a Welcoming, Engaging and Inclusive Classroom – CELT The teaching-learning process is an inherently social act. Throughout the learning process students interact with the instructor, their peers and the course content, often simultaneously in a classroom setting. All of these interactions help shape their success in the course. Mobile In, At, or On? 6 Simple Activities for Practicing Prepositions of Time It’s One of the Hardest Pieces of English, and It’s As Easy As One, Two, Three: Are You Helping Your Students with This Important Language Element? 10 Marking and Feedback Strategies What feedback techniques could you use that make students act on feedback? There are a few days left before the end of half-term and feedback and marking will be required before the holidays begin. Why not try some of the following and avoid unnecessary marking in your own time. Recently, I purchased The Sketchnote Handbook: The Illustrated Guide to Visual Notetaking by Mike Rohde; sourced to help develop my blogs and tweets into content that is more interesting and engaging for everyone.

Sir Ken Robinson: Creativity Is In Everything, Especially Teaching From Creative Schools by Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica, published April 21, 2015, by Viking, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. Copyright by Ken Robinson, 2015. Creative Teaching Let me say a few words about creativity. I’ve written a lot about this theme in other publications. Collaborating with Parents This PD resource is intended for all those involved with engaging parents as partners in supporting student learning. An inclusive education system provides all students with the most appropriate learning environments and opportunities to realize their potential. This goes beyond the classroom and into the home. Recognizing parents as an integral part of their child's education and welcoming their involvement in the learning community can lead to innovative solutions and open communication between parents and teachers.

Talkify - Make a picture talk! ABCya is the leader in free educational computer games and mobile apps for kids. The innovation of a grade school teacher, ABCya is an award-winning destination for elementary students that offers hundreds of fun, engaging learning activities. Millions of kids, parents, and teachers visit each month, playing over 1 billion games last year. Apple, The New York Times, USA Today, Parents Magazine and Scholastic, to name just a few, have featured ABCya’s popular educational games. ABCya’s award-winning Preschool computer games and apps are conceived and realized under the direction of a certified technology education teacher, and have been trusted by parents and teachers for ten years.

3 Ways Lesson Plans Flop—and How to Recover In an ideal world, all lessons would be flawless, your delivery would be impeccable, and all students would master the content every day. Unfortunately, we are human, and so are our students. We all know that there are myriad reasons that lessons flop, ranging from poor planning to a fight with your boyfriend over breakfast to the kids already having reached their maximum cognitive load for that day. After eight years of teaching, I have experienced them all. When your lesson is failing, you can’t tell a classroom of thirty 6-year-old children “Let me get back to you about that” or “I miscalculated—give me a moment to revise my thinking.”

Three Effective Techniques for Brainstorming Ideas One of the most important skills for succeeding in school and in the workplace is coming up with new and creative ideas. The best ideas are the ones that solve problems or make our lives easier. While taking action is extremely important,l, without good ideas, those actions are ultimately good for nothing. While people often think of ideas as coming from a mysterious muse– a random shock of inspiration– it is possible to effectively come up with ideas on a more consistent basis by recreating the conditions in which the greatest ideas arise. This article explores five of the best brainstorming techniques that the top marketers, designers, and inventors use to come up with new ideas — techniques that can be easily and effectively adapted for classroom use.

Education Critical Writing Critical thinking in Education has two forms of expression: analysis and evaluation of theories including the relationship of theory to practice reflection on your own teaching practice. In order to develop the skills and successful strategies for the classroom, it’s important to be a ‘reflective practitioner’ which means you need to evaluate your teaching experience. An interviewed lecturer explained that students need to be able to ’assess the effectiveness of an approach, methodology, [or] recognise that teaching is a joint learning venture with kids actively involved’.

Podium Power: 9 Tips for Great Student Presentations I don’t know about you, but I love having students talk from the front of the classroom. The knowledge and experience they share are fascinating, and they get speaking practice to boot. But you can’t just throw students up front and expect them to succeed. There are important steps to get them ready for upfront speaking. Going through each of these steps will ensure your students are prepared, practiced, and poised when they speak to the rest of their class. Top 9 Tips for Successful and Effective Presentations

Planning Page – hopes to make every teacher’s life easier by presenting term plan examples and templates to use together with your students and/or colleagues to plan an enjoyable school year. suggests your plan be filled with themes, books, films and whatever else the class might come up with. Just follow these seven steps: 1. Choose your class level for Autumn Term Themes:Year2, Year3, Year4, Year5, Year6, Year7, Year8, Year9 A Collection of Resources for Teaching Social Justice Ask teachers to describe the impact they hope to have on their students, and most will eventually say something along these lines: I want my students to grow into responsible citizens. I want my students to participate in society in an active, productive way. And maybe: I want my students to change the world. But how many of us know how to make that happen, really?

Journal of Professional Learning JENNY WILLIAMS guides us through the elements of wise assessment practice for all teachers K-10 … Assessing Assessment K-10 NSW Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum, English K-10, page 181. This might sound sad but I love the assessment section of our new syllabus documents!