Teaching Strategies

Use our student-centered teaching strategies to strengthen your students’ literacy skills, nurture critical thinking, and create a respectful classroom climate. You can implement these strategies with any academic content.

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Exit Cards

Assess students’ understanding, monitor their questions, or gather feedback on your teaching by having them turn in exit cards.

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Fishbowl

Use this discussion strategy to help students practice being contributors and listeners in a group conversation.

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Found Poems

Students compose poems using only words, phrases, or quotations from a text that they find meaningful.

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Four Corners

Get all students involved by asking them to show their stance on a statement through their positioning around the room.

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Gallery Walk

Have students move around the classroom to explore a range of documents, images, or student work.

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Give One, Get One

Students seek out and share ideas and information with classmates through this cooperative learning strategy.

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Graffiti Boards

Help students process their thoughts and emotions on a topic by engaging them in a written conversation with their classmates.

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Human Timeline

Use this interactive timeline activity to help students understand and remember the chronology of events.

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Iceberg Diagrams

Encourage students to recognize the multiple causal factors behind an event from history, the present, or literature, using the visual of an iceberg.

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Identity Charts

Use this graphic tool to help students consider the many factors that shape their own identity and that of groups, nations, and historical and literary figures.

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Introducing a New Book

Spark students’ interest in a book before reading it by having them make predictions and ask questions about its contents.

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Jigsaw: Developing Community and Disseminating Knowledge

Students become “experts” on a topic and then share their new knowledge with peers.

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