This idea looked good on paper, but it was just too messy, I think, and so no one was signing up either way. Here is how it worked: Teachers were instructed to prepare to share one of their units. In reality, most teachers came away with 3-4 peer observations to participate in.
(We are fortunate that our grant is paying for sub time for these peer observations to happen.) Below are the documents I created for the activity. SPEED DATING Activity to review Ub Ds and sign up for observing DATES CARD for Speed Dating Observation Checklist and Comment Form Hi Karen, I highly recommend Educon for anyone passionate about public education and learning!
Next come the low-prep strategies, which can be used on the fly when you have a few extra minutes or just want your students to get more active.
Note that these are not strict categories; it’s certainly possible to simplify or add more meat to any of these structures and still make them work. These are smaller techniques that can be integrated with other instructional strategies and don’t really stand alone.
So here they are: 15 formats for structuring a class discussion to make it more engaging, more organized, more equitable, and more academically challenging.
If you’ve struggled to find effective ways to develop students’ speaking and listening skills, this is your lucky day. The first batch contains the higher-prep strategies, formats that require teachers to do some planning or gathering of materials ahead of time.
Students choose an article written in the last three months relevant to the field of environmental science.