I am organizing a small PD session for teachers tomorrow night, for which participants will have read an article. I needed a protocol for a small group discussion, so I thought I would share a one of my favorites. When we put kids into small groups, it is always important to remember that we need to make sure every student has a voice. This protocol is a great way to make that happen.
SAVE THE LAST WORD FOR ME
1. Organize students into groups of 4.
2. Each student silently highlights a passage that addresses what he/she considers to be the most significant idea or something that sparked their thinking.
3. The students number off. Student One reads his or her passage out loud to the group, and then he/she remains silent.
4. The other 3 participants each have 1 minute to respond to the passage, saying what it makes them think about, what questions it raises for them, etc.
5. Student One then has 3 minutes to state why he or she chose that part of the article and to respond or build on what he or she heard from his or her peers.
6. Then the pattern is continued with each member of the group. Each student will have a chance to be the presenter and to have “the last word.”
7. As an option at the end of the activity, the whole class can have an open dialogue about the text and the ideas or questions raised during the protocol.
Spinners are a fun way for students to engage in learning. I have run across a few ideas of how to use them lately. Usually, I see them used in elementary classrooms, but with anything, they can be adapted for our high school classrooms. Add more complex tasks to the spinner and it will fit into your curriculum and will raise engagement and rigor. These are a fun way to mix things up in your classroom and add a little more excitement and unpredictability to your lesson.
Vocabulary Spinner for Smartboards
Students will uncover hidden vocabulary words from under the shapes. Then students will spin the spinner on the Smartboard. The space on which the spinner lands is what task the students must complete. There will be a variety of tasks for which students must use and demonstrate understanding of the selected words. This spinner could be adapted to include other tasks: example, non-example, drawing/picture, personal connection to the word…
Check out this page, which shows you how to create your own spinner on Smartboards. There is also a library of spinner files.
Responding to Reading Spinners
Download and print out the fiction and nonfiction spinners here:
fiction & nonfiction spinners
Students will spin a paperclip under the tip of a pencil. Watch this video to see how it is done: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4g1FV_bhTo Where the paperclip lands is how they must respond to the text after reading. Students could use these in small groups. Students could stop at the end of each section of a text and respond.