Collaborative Student Groups

Shoulder Partners and Pop-Up

My students respond well to kinesthetics. Popping up for an answer choice or when they are ready to move on to the next topic is a way to keep the students engaged and also check for understanding. Turn and talk - students turn to talk to their neighbor about a question/problem/scenario that was posed. One of the partners then reports out by either being chosen from the equity sticks or by volunteering by putting their thumb up. I use Shoulder Partner strategy to give students the opportunity to talk, share and explain content to each other. This strategy is good to increase the accountable talk in classrooms and to practice speaking and listening skills.

Strategy Resources (2)
Teacher Planning Resource
 
 
This is Teach 7 of the DC Public Schools Teaching and Learning Framework, a framework designed to ensure teachers deliver a relevant, engaging, and rigorous curriculum focused on the DC Content Standards. This strategy gives students the opportunity to talk about and explain the content with thier peers and for the teacher to check for and respond to student misunderstandings
 
Teacher Planning Resource
 
 
This is Teach 7 of the DC Public Schools Teaching and Learning Framework, a framework designed to ensure teachers deliver a relevant, engaging, and rigorous curriculum focused on the DC Content Standards. This strategy gives students the opportunity to talk about and explain the content with thier peers and for the teacher to check for and respond to student misunderstandings
Tanesha Dixon
Wheatley Education Campus
Washington, DC


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Quick
Subject:
Social Studies
Grade:
Eighth grade
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