Wraparound (Remote Learning)

You can use the Wraparound strategy during remote learning to invite all students to share brief responses during a synchronous session, or asynchronously during a defined time period. This strategy provides an efficient way for all students in a class to share their ideas about a question, topic, or text, revealing common themes and ideas in students’ thinking. Wraparound activities can also be catalysts for synchronous and asynchronous discussions.

The following questions can help you plan to use the remote learning version of Wraparound:

  1. What collaborative digital tool(s) do I want to use to facilitate this activity?
  2. How am I going to deliver instructions to students about completing the activity?
  3. How often am I going to monitor the discussion?
  4. If teaching asynchronously, what is the defined time period I want to set for completing the activity?

Procedure

  1. Provide a Prompt
    Any question could be used as a prompt for a Wraparound activity. Fill-in-the-blank statements such as “Justice is. . .” are especially effective. Teachers often use the following prompt with the Wraparound strategy as a way to elicit students’ responses to a particular text they have recently read or viewed: What words or phrases come to mind after seeing/reading this text?

    If you plan to use Wraparound during a synchronous session, either provide students the prompt ahead of time or give students a minute or two to think about the prompt before asking them to share.

  2. Students Share Responses
    To use the Wraparound strategy during a synchronous session, ask your students to type their brief response and share it through the chat function in your platform. Alternatively, you can ask students to unmute themselves one at a time to share their responses orally. Call on students by name so they know when it is their turn to share.

    To use Wraparound asynchronously, ask your students to share their brief response in a shared document/forum (such as a GoogleDoc, Google Jamboard, Padlet, or VoiceThread).

  3. Reflect on Common Themes or Surprises
    If students shared their brief responses during a synchronous session, ask them to reflect together on common themes that have emerged or on something that surprised them.

    If students shared their responses asynchronously, ask them to write or record a reflection. They can post their reflection in a forum or document shared by the whole class or submit it directly to the teacher.

    The following questions can be used to guide a synchronous discussion or an asynchronous reflection:

    • What were the common themes between your classmates’ responses?
    • What, if anything, surprised you about your classmates’ responses?

Variations

If you are teaching in a face-to-face setting, use our original Wraparound teaching strategy. 

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