Kudos Comments

  • November 4, 2016
  • origins

The word kudos comes from the Greek word Kudos meaning magical glory. Use Kudos comments to create a bit of magical glory.

How To Play:  Begin or end each meeting with Kudos. Name a person or person(s) for something specific they have done to further their own professional or personal goals. State what was done and why it is important. E.g. “Kudos to Mark for implementing his new science unit he planned on ethics in science to help our students prepare for the future. Your innovation inspires us all!”

Many words, no words

  • November 6, 2015
  • origins


Paper (3 pieces of paper for each person playing) 
A container to hold the pieces of paper

How To Play: 

Have students or teacher create slips of paper with words or phrases related to the topic of study. Fold them in half them put them in the container.

Round 1: Taboo

PMI (Plus, Minus, Interesting) Reflection Form

  • January 10, 2012
  • origins

Use this PMI (Plus, Minus, Interesting) form to guide student reflection following a social or academic experience. You can guide students to use the form with or without a specific focus on an aspect of a learning experience (e.g., reflection on the group-work portion of a lesson or understanding of math facts).

PMI Reflection Form (10K, PDF)

Think, Ink, Pair, Share

  • January 9, 2012
  • origins

To engage learners in conversation; to scaffold speaking in
large groups, especially for groups that are unwilling to or lacking confidence
to speak in larger groups: most commonly used for


Talking Cards

  • January 9, 2012
  • origins

To write and then sort ideas and opinions so each voice is
“heard” anonymously-the cards do the “talking”: most commonly used to deepen


Stay and Stray

  • January 9, 2012
  • origins

To share and gain information about group work products; to
gather a sense of the thinking of the class

1. Work
groups post products and decide the order in which single members will stay to
explain and answer questions while the rest stray.
2. At the leader’s
signal, the first “stay” members remain with their products while the “stray”
members move to other groups’ products.

Say Something

  • January 9, 2012
  • origins


To discuss and create deeper understanding for a text
while a class reads it together: most commonly used for


Reflection Prompts

  • January 9, 2012
  • origins


To help students evaluate and extend understanding of
process, facts, concepts, or social interactions: most commonly used for showing
what you know

Students reflect individually through
writing in journals, on sheets of paper, or in Reflection


  • Describe a plus
  • Describe a minus
  • Describe something you found interesting


Conversation Management

  • January 6, 2012
  • origins

Creating the Climate

Middle school educators can teach their students how to have great group
conversations that build both academic and social skills. First of
all, we have to establish a climate that encourages participation.

Hand-raising: The first conversation format
Make hand-raising your class’s default way of responding to questions.
Establish this conversation-management tool so students feel a sense of
order, safety, and respect. Later, you can bring variety and challenge
to student participation structures.