To write and then sort ideas and opinions so each voice is
“heard” anonymously-the cards do the “talking”: most commonly used to deepen
- Pass out small notecards to students
- Pose a question or topic for response
- Students write one comment per card
- Collect and shuffle cards
- Select a couple of students or distribute cards to student groups to sort
and label them according to predetermined categories
- Groups summarize ideas represented under each category and present to
Talking Card topics:
- Write down ways to save energy and ways that it is wasted.
- Write down anything that gets in the way of this classroom being a place
where everyone can succeed.
must write ideas on the cards for others to see. Students can be held
responsible for the compiled list of ideas or information generated in the
- Categories are not predetermined; they emerge from the responses to an
- Once the cards are sorted and topics generated, students can choose topics
- Students can write about or discuss the connections they see among the ideas
or information generated.
papers for posting ideas
10-20 minutes for the basic
writing, sharing, and sorting process; depending upon the complexity of the topic.