Best Practice Instructional Strategies (WICOR) – Collaboration

 

  • Walk and Talk Protocol
  • Chalk Talk — Protocol used to reflect, generate ideas, check on learning, develop projects or solve problems.
  • Moderated Discussion
  • Fishbowl Protocol — Fishbowl can provide an opportunity to model a process or concept and can afford groups of students the opportunity to talk and/or listen
  • Gallery Walk– Students walk around and read the work done by their peers. They could look for something specific, take notes, leave comments or just appreciate the other work.
  • Student Editors– Either as a writing workshop or passing writing in a circle, have students look for specific uses of grammar, conventions, or descriptive writing and use different symbols to mark these. A pair of students could be the ‘expert’ of one thing while another pair looks for something else and then it continues to be passed around.
  • Vote!- Read aloud, in pairs, or pass the notebooks: have students vote on something (you could tell them this ahead of time or not). Possible topics: most interesting, realistic, descriptive, provocative, funniest, well-written, best summary, shortest, etc. This can be done as a whole class or in small groups which could lead to whole class eventually (best of 2, 4, 8, etc.)
  • Chalk Talk on Writing– Have students comment on other students’ writing, ask questions, underline interesting lines or main idea, etc. Then pass again and have another student attempt to answer that question, make another comment, etc.
  • Partner Share: Students share writing in pairs or small groups, reading aloud or switching and reading quietly. Partners react on paper, share out loud what the other person read, ask questions, etc.
  • Illustrate writing: Students illustrate their descriptive paragraphs. Alternatively, pass a paper: one student underlines a descriptive line, the next person has to illustrate just that line.
  • Research Questions: Students have to write specific questions after reading informational writing. Original authors have to research the answers to the questions and present back the next day.
  • Walk and Talk Protocol
  • Chalk Talk — Protocol used to reflect, generate ideas, check on learning, develop projects or solve problems.
  • Moderated Discussion
  • Fishbowl Protocol — Fishbowl can provide an opportunity to model a process or concept and can afford groups of students the opportunity to talk and/or listen
  • Gallery Walk– Students walk around and read the work done by their peers. They could look for something specific, take notes, leave comments or just appreciate the other work.
  • Student Editors– Either as a writing workshop or passing writing in a circle, have students look for specific uses of grammar, conventions, or descriptive writing and use different symbols to mark these. A pair of students could be the ‘expert’ of one thing while another pair looks for something else and then it continues to be passed around.
  • Vote!- Read aloud, in pairs, or pass the notebooks: have students vote on something (you could tell them this ahead of time or not). Possible topics: most interesting, realistic, descriptive, provocative, funniest, well-written, best summary, shortest, etc. This can be done as a whole class or in small groups which could lead to whole class eventually (best of 2, 4, 8, etc.)
  • Chalk Talk on Writing– Have students comment on other students’ writing, ask questions, underline interesting lines or main idea, etc. Then pass again and have another student attempt to answer that question, make another comment, etc.
  • Partner Share: Students share writing in pairs or small groups, reading aloud or switching and reading quietly. Partners react on paper, share out loud what the other person read, ask questions, etc.
  • Illustrate writing: Students illustrate their descriptive paragraphs. Alternatively, pass a paper: one student underlines a descriptive line, the next person has to illustrate just that line.
  • Research Questions: Students have to write specific questions after reading informational writing. Original authors have to research the answers to the questions and present back the next day.

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