For each strategy, you’ll find a list of other names it sometimes goes by, a description of its basic structure, and an explanation of variations that exist, if any.To watch each strategy in action, click on its name and a new window will open with a video that demonstrates it. Basic Structure: Stations or posters are set up around the classroom, on the walls or on tables.
In Starr Sackstein’s high school classroom, her stations consisted of video tutorials created by the students themselves.
Before I knew the term Gallery Walk, I shared a strategy similar to it called Chat Stations, where the teacher prepares discussion prompts or content-related tasks and sets them up around the room for students to visit in small groups.
Basic Structure: A statement that has two possible responses—agree or disagree—is read out loud.
actually meant the teacher would do most of the talking; He would throw out a couple of questions like “So what did you think about the video? ” and a few students would respond, resulting in something that like a discussion, but was ultimately just a conversation between the teacher and a handful of extroverted students; a classic case of Fisheye Teaching.
The problem wasn’t them; in most of the classrooms where they’d sat as students, that’s exactly what a class discussion looked like.
They didn’t know any other “formats.” I have only ever been familiar with a few myself.
But when teachers began contacting me recently asking for a more comprehensive list, I knew it was time to do some serious research.
So here they are: 15 formats for structuring a class discussion to make it more engaging, more organized, more equitable, and more academically challenging.
If you’ve struggled to find effective ways to develop students’ speaking and listening skills, this is your lucky day. The first batch contains the higher-prep strategies, formats that require teachers to do some planning or gathering of materials ahead of time.