Teaching Strategies60-Second Strategies for EducatorsOur popular series of short videos that break down effective classroom practices for every grade level in literally one minute—all in one place. How’s that for a quick win? July 25, 2023Strategies for K-2 Primary SchoolSocial & Emotional Learning (SEL)Pom-Pom JarExplicitly teaching and celebrating kindness is a simple yet powerful way to build a positive classroom culture.Collaborative LearningMath PartnersWhen kids explain their mathematical thinking to their peers, they learn there’s more to math than just the right answer.Social & Emotional Learning (SEL)Shout OutsNurture a positive, supportive atmosphere in your classroom with fun and fast peer shout-outs.Classroom ManagementAsk 3 Before MeWhen students help each other in the classroom, they gain confidence and independence—and you get to keep on teaching.Social & Emotional Learning (SEL)Respectful TouchA simple activity can help preschoolers better understand boundaries and learn to be gentle when it comes to physical contact.Formative AssessmentTAG FeedbackThis quick exercise scaffolds peer critique for elementary students.Classroom ManagementEquity SticksLooking for an easy way to ensure all voices are heard in your classroom? Try equity sticks.Social & Emotional Learning (SEL)Guided MeditationA short contemplative exercise can help students calm themselves and get ready to learn.Teaching StrategiesFraming the LessonWhen teachers make their teaching and learning goals clear to their class, every activity has a purpose and every student understands what they’re doing. Strategies for 3-5 Upper ElementaryCommunication SkillsTraverse TalkThis fun classroom activity helps students find their voice by teaching the basics of debate in an accessible way.Teaching StrategiesDaily IntentionsBy making small goal setting part of the everyday routine, teachers help students build the skills they need to achieve larger and longer-term objectives.Social & Emotional Learning (SEL)Community CirclesAn opening and closing exercise where every student contributes is a way to ensure that they all feel seen and heard in the classroom.AssessmentRespond, Reflect, and ReviewThis simple activity helps students practice giving and receiving peer feedback—and gets them out of their desks.Teaching StrategiesJitter SticksWhen students need to get their wiggles out so they can settle down to learn, this fun movement-based brain break does the trick.Student VoiceParticipation CardsA quick formative assessment tool also encourages all students—even shy ones—to participate in discussions.MATH3-Read ProtocolDemystify math word problems with this easy technique that helps kids see the story beyond the numbers.Communication SkillsTalk DetectivesImprove the quality of class discussions by giving young kids a checklist of key things to look for when their peers talk.Teaching StrategiesPeer ReviewWhen students take charge of their own feedback, they learn to work with others in the room—and not just their friends.Strategies for 6-8 Middle SchoolCommunication SkillsSLANT ListeningA simple strategy encourages students to give their full attention when listening to others.Collaborative LearningCooperative LearningGiving students randomly assigned roles in their group work helps ensure that they all participate.Classroom ManagementTeacher QueueAn easy, fair way to manage multiple students' needs when they’re working independently or in groups.Literacy7-Minute WritesLooking for a way to get your students writing—fast? Try a low-stakes timed exercise.AssessmentInterview AssessmentsA face-to-face chat provides an alternative for students who struggle to show what they know on tests.Classroom ManagementTUMS at the DoorAn intentional greeting at the door forges a strong teacher-student bond.AssessmentBean CritiqueA quick way to get students talking positively about their peers’ work—and thinking about how they might improve their own.Student EngagementParticipation SpinnerThis simple technique can help ease students’ anxiety about sharing out in class—and make it more fun.Communication SkillsThe Hot SeatProviding the active listeners in the outer ring of a Socratic circle a way to jump in with their burning questions and comments keeps all students engaged.Collaborative LearningPass the MarkerGetting students up on their feet and solving problems together helps build engagement—and stronger math thinkers.Strategies for 9-12 High SchoolTeaching StrategiesRapid ReviewGetting content to stick can actually be fun if you use a quick and energetic activity to review the material.Communication SkillsFishbowl DiscussionA discussion technique based on peer feedback helps students delve into complex texts and develop communication skills.Blended LearningDo Now SheetsA basic pen-and-paper warm-up activity helps teachers see that students are on track in a self-paced blended learning classroom.Communication SkillsDouble CircleWith a simple discussion activity that gets every learner in the class speaking and listening, teachers can help students boost conversation skills—and develop their opinions.Classroom ManagementAppreciation, Apology, Aha!A quick, low-key way to build community in your classroom on a daily basis.Communication SkillsDiscussion MappingFollowing discussions with a short reflection exercise helps students sharpen their speaking and listening skills.Mental HealthSnowball TossAn active, fun classroom activity fosters open dialogue while releasing pent-up energy.Classroom ManagementProfessional CourtesyFor anyone who’s ever wondered, “How do I get their attention back in a 1:1 environment?”Formative AssessmentClosing The LoopA strategy for using a quick, whole-class reflection on content as a verbal exit ticket.Professional LearningStand-Up MeetingsHaving staff stand for meetings keeps them tight—15 minutes, max—and efficient.Collaborative LearningWhiteboard RelayThe team competition is fierce in this informal assessment activity, in which students have to work together to win. LiteracyRole ReadingBy giving each student a job to do when tackling complex text, teachers help ensure that students actually understand what they are reading.