Think, Pair, Share
This strategy is designed to provide students time and structure for thinking about a specific topic. This allows students to come up with individual ideas to share with their peers. This learning strategy promotes communication and participation by encouraging responses from all of the students.
Line up review
This engagement strategy has students out of their seats, facing each other in two lines. They talk about interesting or important concepts that came up during a reading.
Students write about a specific topic chosen by the instructor for a short period of time. Encourage students to be writing for the entire allotted time.
Role-play is a great way to get students to become interactive with their learning. Students can take on the role of any person and can learn and review by writing their own scripts.
Mix, Freeze, Pair
This is another great strategy where students are on their feet communicating with their peers. Students pair up with a partner and talk about an assigned topic. After an allotted time, the students mix and talk with another classmate.
Vocabulary Word Maps
A word map allows students to explore and learn new terms and their meanings. A student can draw a picture, write their own definition, and use synonyms or antonyms to help their understanding of a new word.
This is a great strategy for students to practice comprehension and summarization. Students read an important passage and must write a sentence, phrase and word that summarizes the reading.
What stuck with you today?
This strategy is a great formative assessment to end the day. Students could share their answers allowed or this could be in the form of an exit ticket or journal entry.
Author says, I say
After students read a given passage, have them write down what they learned. They can write down any misunderstandings or questions still present regarding the reading.
Jigsaw/ Peer Teaching
The jigsaw strategy is an efficient way to learn course material in a cooperative learning style that encourages listening and engagement. The students are divided into small groups and each group member is assigned a portion of a reading or assignment. Each member must research or complete the material assigned to them and be prepared to discuss the material with their group mates.
This strategy is designed to allow students to get out of their seats and communicate with people in their classroom. A topic is brought up that typically has an opinion as an answer. Each corner of the room is designed to be the home for one of the answers. The students move to the corner of the room that they feel is the right answer and discuss with a few members of that group why they feel that way.
Thinking Maps are a great way to get students' thoughts organized on paper. Students can create these in many formats and they can be useful for studying or review.
This strategy has students engaged in conversation in a particular text. Each student is assigned a job or role within a group such as a summarizer or narrator. This focuses on the students' reading, comprehension and communication skills.
R.A.F.T. is a writing strategy that helps students understand their role as a writer and how to effectively communicate their ideas and mission clearly so that the reader can easily understand everything written. It gets students to use their own voices and present their ideas.
When students are reading informational text, a Q.A.R. helps students relate prior knowledge to new text. They use the question-answer relationship to develop an answer that can be "Right There", "Think and Search", "On My Own", or "Author and You".