SPAR (Spontaneous Argumentation)

Help students practice using evidence and examples to defend a position with this teaching strategy.

Barometer - Taking a Stand on Controversial Issues

Classroom discussions often involve issues that bring up a wide range of opinions. Structure a discussion on one such issue by using this teaching strategy that allows all students to represent their points of view.

Big Paper - Building a Silent Conversation

This discussion strategy uses writing and silence as tools to help students explore a topic in-depth. Having a written conversation with peers slows down students’ thinking process and gives them an opportunity to focus on the views of others. This strategy also creates a visual record of students’ thoughts and questions that can be referred to later in a course.

Biopoem: Connecting Identity and Poetry

Students often struggle with how to answer the question “Who am I?” This teaching strategy focuses on less obvious factors that shape a person’s identity, like experiences and relationships, to help students clarify important elements of their identities. 

Graffiti Boards

Use this teaching strategy to engage students in a written discussion. This exercise is easy to implement and allows for all students to share their opinions. 

K-W-L Charts - Assessing What We Know/What We Still Want to Learn

Use this teaching strategy to help students organize information before, during, and after a lesson. 

Exit Cards

Assess students’ understanding, monitor their questions, or gather feedback on your teaching with this teaching strategy. 

Reader's Theater

Use this teaching strategy to help students process the dilemmas that characters experience within a narrative.

Living Images - Bringing History to Life

Use this teaching strategy to provide students an opportunity to collaborate with their peers and develop a deeper understanding of a moment in history. 

Bodysculpting - Using Theater to Explore the Holocaust

Help students debrief materials that evoke strong feelings with this teaching strategy that uses nonverbal forms of expression to process powerful, emotional content. 


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