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Learning Strategies

Two students discussing a topic

Give one, Get one

This strategy helps students organize ideas and share their thinking with others.

Paper people cutouts in concentric circles

Inside-Outside Circles

This strategy helps students share ideas with peers in a structured fashion.

Bumper stickers on an old car

Bumper Stickers

This strategy supports students in synthesizing their learning of a main idea or principle.

Notes pinned to corkboard

Dot Polling

This strategy supports students in establishing priorities among a list of options, interests or actions.

Puzzle of a human head with a light bulb coming out of the top

Used to Think, Now I Think

This strategy helps students reflect on how their understanding or thinking may have shifted after exploring or learning about a concept, idea, or perspective.

Children making a wish

Two Stars And A Wish

This learning strategy helps students in providing peer feedback.

A diverse group of students reading from notebooks and smiling

Gallery Walk

This learning strategy provides students with the opportunity to walk around a classroom, actively engaging with content and each other.

Traffic lights, red yellow and green

Traffic Lights

This strategy helps students pause and reflect on how they are feeling about a concept or idea.

Thinking youth

Here’s What!... So What?... Now What?

This strategy helps students challenge and reflect on ideas, understandings and perspectives.

Child looking at sticky notes that have been stuck to the camera

Generate, Sort, Synthesize

This strategy helps students explore and synthesize information while incorporating and honoring individual points of view.

Venn diagram of differently coloured circles


This strategy helps students build relationships within a small group by identifying commonalities, distinctions, and areas of expertise.

Crumpled yellow paper made to look like a lightbulb


This learning strategy helps students activate prior knowledge or share ideas in an anonymous, safe way.

Group of people brainstorming

First Turn, Last Turn

This strategy helps students collaborate and practice active listening by taking turns to offer insights without cross-talking.

Girl writing notes down onto a clipboard with another girl behind her.

Walk Around Survey

In this learning strategy, students walk around the room to gather information from their peers.

Unrolling paper scroll

Annotated Text Scrolls

This strategy helps students comprehend large blocks of text by looking at and annotating the text in a continuous scroll format.