Hi, PVJH! The purpose of this section of the website is to highlight some effective, engaging, and/or or innovative strategies and activities teachers are implementing in order to continue building a culture of collaboration at the junior high. Additionally, we will use this space to share or reinforce any strategies used during PD or anything promising learned about at a conference or training.
For example, during PD on 8/20, the staff participated in two strategies – one called “Stir the Classroom” and one called “Talkabout” – as well as engaged in an automatically intervening “breakout” style activity created using google forms. For more information/materials that may help you incorporate these things into your own classroom, keep reading. 🙂
- Stir the Classroom
Note: When we did the activity, the people who moved to the group summarized their conversation for 30-60 seconds. Afterwards, the group that persons joined also summarized their conversation for 30-60 seconds. After both had summarized, the facilitator offered the next question/topic.
- When?: anytime you want to help students solidify information, deepen thinking, and make connections
- Students get in pairs around the room. One is the talker and one is the listener.
- The teacher poses a question.
- The talker talks for 30 seconds answering the question/sharing his/her thoughts, and the listener listens. The listener CANNOT interject with a comment or question. If the talker finishes before the time is up, the parters wait quietly.
- Roles reverse, and now the other person speaks.
- After everyone has shared, the teacher asks for volunteers to summarize the thoughts of his/her partner.
- Repeat with the next question (can keep or rotate partners)
- Note: It is helpful to be mindful of the DOK level of the questions asked. Start with lower level questions to scaffold the thinking toward the higher leveled ones.
3. Breakout/Automatically Intervening Activity
If you have any questions or would like support implementing these things, don’t hesitate to contact one of your coaches!