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Instructional Activities

Move your learners beyond listening and invite them to be active participants in constructing their own learning experiences!

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  • Icebreakers

    Icebreakers are a great way to warm up the learning space before launching into a conversation. Use them to introduce concepts, stimulate critical thinking, or to help people get to know one another.

    Head, Heart, Hand

    Break the ice by learning a bit about what others know, care about, and can do.

    Find Someone Who... Bingo

    Break the ice by learning about others in the room or furthering your own knowledge.

  • Collaboration Activities

    Invite your students to collaborate with and learn from one another. These activities are designed to promote higher-level thinking, communication, leadership, and self-management.

    Group Norms

    Establishing group norms is a 10- to 15-minute investment in the creation of clear, agreed-upon behavior for how a group will engage with one another, resulting in a more engaged and effective group.

    Round Robin

    Evolve to more fully formed ideas quickly, integrating multiple perspectives.

    Start, Stop, Continue

    Determine how the group is going with three simple questions.

    Mad, Sad, Glad

    Get a sense for how the group is feeling about a topic, activity, the course, or anything really.

    Jigsaw

    Cooperative learning improves information acquisition and retention, higher level thinking skills, interpersonal and communication skills, and self-confidence. When learners work together to make sense of what they are learning, it is more likely to stick, and they are more likely to use what they learn.

    Resolution of Conflict Model

    An exploration into conflict and conflict management, this strategy engages several critical skills that will increase emotional and social competence and provide the opportunity for increased academic understanding.

  • Discussion Activities

    Designed to help students process information, make connections, and engage with ideas, these activities give instructors a set of ideas to facilitate their courses or team meetings.

    Fishbowl

    During in-person sessions, encouraging students to both actively participate and listen carefully leads to better comprehension of material.

    Democratic Discussion

    If all students have a say in the topics the class discusses, they are more likely to be invested in participation.

    Think-Pair-Share

    Learners need time to process questions and content before engaging in discussions. This helps them to access their prior knowledge and start connecting it with what they are currently learning. Active processing also impacts the learner's retention of information for future use and engagement in further discussion. An advantage of this method is that it allows students to process individually and cooperatively.

  • Structured Thinking Activities

    These activities give you frameworks to utilize for gathering, thinking through and organizing lots of information, and identifying areas to focus on or to learn more about.

    Theme Sort

    Work collaboratively to make sense of a lot of information by grouping ideas together and learning from the perspectives of others.

  • Feedback Activities

    Feedback is a critical part of the learning process for everyone. These activities can be used to measure learning as it occurs, allow for peer feedback on projects and activities, and facilitate a gradual transition of responsibility that guides students to be responsible for their own learning.

     

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  • Inquiry Activities

    Designed to promote curiosity and engagement, these activities encourage learners to make their own connections and build a deeper understanding of ideas, topics, and content.

    Five Whys

    Dig into a problem to find a potential root cause – the issues causing the issues.

  • Evaluating Activities

    Utilize these activities to promote critical thinking and analysis skills that help learners think through ideas and understand them better.

    Rose, Thorn, Bud

    Evaluate an idea, project, or process and parcel out what you like, what you don’t, and what opportunities for growth may exist.

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