Adult Engagement Strategies

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  • Use a google form with 3-4 questions as a pre assessment
  • Set up a Poll Everywhere Survey
  • Have  audience self assess their level of knowledge by walking to a  corner  of  the  room labeled “novice,” “proficient,” or “expert.”
  • Have audience complete a “Frayer Model” 4×4
  • Think/pair/share
  • See, Think, Wonder (Adapted from Making Thinking Visible):
    • Show an intriguing image or object
    • Ask participants
      • What do  you see?
      • What do you  think is going on?
      • What does it make  you wonder?
  • Chalk Talk (Adapted from Making Thinking Visible):
    • Create a mental map;
      • What ideas come to mind?
      • What connections can you make with others’ ideas?
      • What questions arise when you think about the concept and  others’ response
  • Think, Puzzle, Explore (Adapted  from Making  Thinking  Visibile)
    • Have a system for recording the answers to the following  questions:
      • What do  you  think you know about….?
      • What questions or puzzles do  you have?
      • How can we  explore these  puzzles?
  • Play a variation of “headbands.”
  • With a partner, fill in everything you  know about the MTSS triangle (or other diagram)
  • Synectics
  • “3, 2, 1 Bridge”?: Participants provide  3 words that immediately come to mind when they initially think of the topic initial thoughts about the topic. Then, ask participants to generate 2 questions they have  regarding the topic. Finally, ask participants to come up with a simile or analogy for the topic. Provide  instruction. Following  the instructions, ask them  to repeat the steps of  generating  questions  and generating an analogy. Finally, partners share how they are thinking  about the topic, and  how this  compares to their  initial thoughts.
  • With a  partner, list everything both of you know about the topic
  • Jigsaw a brief passage, then discuss with a  partner
  • Watch a brief video that gives an overview of the topic
  • Chalk Talk (Adapted from Making Thinking Visible):
    • Create a mental map;
      • What ideas come to mind?
      • What connections can you make with others’ ideas?
      • What questions arise when you think about the concept and  others’ response
  • Think, Puzzle, Explore (Adapted  from Making  Thinking  Visibile)
    • Have a system for recording the answers to the following  questions:
      • What do  you  think you know about….?
      • What questions or puzzles do  you have?
      • How can we  explore these  puzzles?
  • Lecture from  slides
  • Jigsaw an article
  • Show a brief video
  • Think/pair/share
  • Team Talk
  • Chalk Talk (Adapted from Making Thinking Visible):
    • Create a mental map;
      • What ideas come to mind?
      • What connections can you make with others’ ideas?
      • What questions arise when you think about the concept and  others’ response
  • Compass Points (Adapted from Making Thinking Visible):
    • What Excites you?
    • What Worries you?
    • What do you Need to know?
    • What are your next Steps?
  • Think, Puzzle, Explore (Adapted  from Making  Thinking  Visibile)
    • Have a system for recording the answers to the following  questions:
      • What do  you  think you know about….?
      • What questions or puzzles do  you have?
      • How can we  explore these  puzzles?
  • Zoom In (Adapted from Making Thinking Visible)
    • Reveal a small bit  of an image, one source of data, or  one fact
    • Ask
      • What do you see  or notice?
      • What is your hypothesis or  interpretation of what this  might be based on what you  are seeing?
      • What are  you wondering about?
    • Reveal more of the image, another chart, or another fact
    • Ask
      • What new things do you see
      • How does this new information change your hypothesis or interpretation?
      • Does this change your wonderings?
      • What new  wonderings do you  have?
    • Continue cycle of “reveal” “question” until the entire image, all the charts, or  all of the facts  have  been revealed
      • What lingering questions remain about this  image, data set, or  set of facts?
  • If presentation conveys a process, consider a card sort
  • Use a T Chart or SWOT handout (paper or virtual) and have participants compare  or  evaluate something (i.e., a tool or  tools you are introducing)
  • Use a T Chart or SWOT handout (paper or virtual) and have participants assess a system in their school
  • “Wow!”, “How  about?”: Instruct participants to  use sticky notes to write one or more “Wow!”s, something they  learned that excites them. At designated  times, they can place t he  sticky notes on  the “Wow!” chart; Participants also write “How about…?” questions  on sticky notes. Place these on the “How about ” chart. Build in time to debrief on the two charts
  • Demonstrate a skill
  • Show a video that includes  a subject modeling a skill
  • Role play a skill with a co-presenter or audience member
  • Provide participants with a script and  ask them to role play with a  partner
  • Provide participants complete a template (lesson plan, response scripts, etc)
  • Provide participants choose an inbox activity or  scenario, and ask them to practice responding with a  partner
  • If data collection is involved, show a video and  ask participants to practice  data collection procedure by observing the video
  • If an electronic  tool is being  demonstrated, provide participants with the opportunity to use the tool
  • Participants partner up and exchange products (i.e., lesson plans, strategies, etc.); partners provide feedback to each other (teach appropriate procedurees  for giving  feedback)
  • Ask participants to complete self-assessment (paper or virtual)
  • Use a google form  with an add-on such as Flubaroo that  scores and sends immediate feedback
  • Create and play a Kahoot!
  • Create and play a Power point game such as Jeopardy
  • Rally Coach: Partners take turns, with one solving a problem or demonstrating  a  skill, and  the other  coaching. Switch roles
  • Thumbs up/thumbs down
  • Use  Guided  Notes
  • Think/pair/share
  • Combine a  raffle with random questions
  • Create and play a Kahoot!
  • Round Robin: Small groups  or teams sit around a table or  in  a  circle. Moving clockwise around the circle, each individual  provides his or her response, input, idea, etc, depending on the nature of the content. Continue for  a  designated  time, until all responses are exhausted, or  until everyone has  had  an opportunity to respond/provide input.
  • Ask participants to Make a Contract
    • Write down one thing that you will do differently as  a result of this session;
    • Tell a shoulder partner
  • Compass Points (Adapted from Making Thinking Visible):
    • What Excites you?
    • What Worries you?
    • What do you Need to know?
    • What are your next Steps?
  • Use SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) to identify path forward
  • Use a fishbone activity to identify obstacles that can be  addressed by the participant
  • Skype in students or  others who cannot attend to  co-present part of the session
  • Use Poll Everywhere to  gather information, opinions, check for understanding, or  feedback from  participants
  • Create and use Kahoot! to
  • Create and play a Kahoot! with participants
  • BINGO: Give participants a BINGO card, prefilled with answers  to questions. At the end of  the session, or at intervals, ask questions. Participants find the answers on their  Bingo cards. When participant finds the correct  answer, he or  she raises his  or her  hand. The  first person  to raise hand shares answer. If  correct, that individual can cross the answer off of the BINGO card. Continue until all  questions  have been asked, or  someone marks off  5 consecutive correct answers, and yells “Bingo!”

Resources

Darling-Hammond, L., Hyler, M. E., Gardner, M. (2017). Effective Teacher Professional Development. Palo Alto, CA: Learning Policy Institute.

Ritchhart, R., Church, M., Morrison, K. (2011). Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and  Independence for  All Learners. San Francisco, California: Josey-Bass Teacher.