Practicing Routines

Practicing routines can be used to help the students learn their routines and how to best complete a task. The routines should be introduced in the beginning of the school year and used almost daily. By doing so, the students have time to learn and rehearse the routines, making them more effective.

Color Dot Grouping

Placing different colored dot stickers on blank notecards can be used as a grouping strategy. The students each receive one notecard with a specific colored dot and they must find their peer(s) with the same colored dot on their notecard. When students form groups, it prevents students from being left out and all students end up with a partner or in groups easily.

Bounce Card

The idea of the Bounce Card is to take what someone else has said and add on to it, by giving another example, or relating it to another situation. Then the next step is to paraphrase and after that make meaning of it all by asking questions. This tool is helpful in facilitating conversation and help to create flow between partners and groups within the classroom.

Witness Circle

Witness Circles are very similar to the idea of the Fishbowl tool, except it is a way to try and resolve larger group issues. The small inner circle consists of people that address the conflict, while the outer circle consists of observers; however, the smaller circle has an empty chair in it so that any of the observers can join in during the discussion. If the chair is occupied, the student sitting there will automatically speak next before returning to the outer circle (Smith, 2005).