Showing posts with label Teaching Strategies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Teaching Strategies. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Teaching Strategies: Effectively Using the Gallery Walk

Gallery walk is a discussion technique that engages the learner to have a more proactive role in learning by exploring a certain topic/task while walking around the classroom. The technique utilizes documents and images. It is especially useful for students who prefer to have a more intimate discussion in a small setting and those who thrive in kinesthetic learning. It also provides the teachers an opportunity to gauge a deeper analysis of student’s understanding regarding a particular topic.

1. Provide the students with questions or prompts about the topic. Questions may vary from simply assessing student’s knowledge on a certain topic to a more complicated one tapping on their higher order thinking skills like synthesis and evaluation.

2. Create stations and hang the questions/ prompts ‘gallery style’. Ensure that stations are big enough to accommodate the members of the group and far from the other group to reduce significant crowding and confusion because of noise.  

3. Group the students depending on the class size. Ideally, a group of five is preferred to ensure that it is small enough to provide roles for all the members and facilitate smooth discussions. Each group should start at a different station.

4. Students read the questions/ prompts and share their thoughts about it. You may provide graphic organizers for students to complete or a member may write down notes.

5. Rotate groups. Give time for each group to record and discuss different ideas before letting them move to the next station.

6. Repeat the process until all groups are able to visit all the stations.

7. Reflect on different answers by asking one speaker from each group to discuss the summary of their ideas. Depending on your purpose, this may take different forms.

When to Use in English Class:
1. Discussion of ideas, themes and characters of a story
2. Analyzing essays
3. Getting ideas for writing

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Examples of Pre-Assessment Strategies

"Assessment is today's means of modifying tomorrow's instruction."
Carole Tomlinson

Pre-assessment: a way to determine what students know about a topic before it is taught. It should be used regularly in all curricular areas.

Examples of Pre-assessment Strategies:

  1. Anticipation journals
  2. Concept Maps
  3. DRA/Running Records
  4. Drawing related to topic or content
  5. Entrance or Exit cards
  6. Game activities
  7. Guess Box
  8. Informational surveys/Questionnaires/Inventories
  9. Initiating activities
10. Interest survey
11.  KWL charts and other graphic organizers
12.  Open-ended Questioning
13.  Picture Interpretation
14.  Portfolio analysis
15.  Prediction

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16.  Self-evaluations
17.  Standardized test information
18.  Student demonstrations and discussions
19.  Student interviews
20.  Student products and work samples
21.  Table Top discussions
22.  Teacher observation/checklists
23.  Teacher prepared pretests
24.  Traditional tests
25.  Writing prompts/samples or any Pre-writing activity