Bite-sized professional learning videos filled with engaging instructional strategies that can be implemented in any classroom.

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Relationship Skills:
Relationship Skills is one of the five social emotional subcategories. Using the decision matrix can help students to independently resolve conflict.

Social Awareness:
Social Awareness is one of the five social emotional subcategories. Using the six steps to active listening can help students to monitor how they interact with others and improve their communication skills.

Is one of the five social emotional subcategories. Using goal setting strategies can help students to take ownership in their life and to learn how to manage their time.

Self-Awareness is one of the five social emotional subcategories. The Spark strategy can help students to refine their self-awareness by helping them to identify areas of interest and strength.

Password is a vocabulary strategy that can helps students to build fluency by looking at multiple representations of the word.

Chalk Talk:
Chalk Talk is a silent discussion activity that allows all student’s voices to be heard as they reflect on what they know, want to know, or have learned about a topic.

Number Talk Routines :
Number Talk Routines are short bursts of problem solving that can help students build computational fluency. This is an elementary example, but this strategy can be used K-12 by varying the content.

BookSnaps are a digital, visual representation used to annotate and share reflections of any excerpt of a book or text.

Snare is a discovery strategy that helps students to ask each other questions that dig deeper into a topic.

Photo Exploration:
There are countless inquiry based activities you can implement in your classroom, but one of my personal favorites is called “Photo Exploration”.

Six Thinking Hats:
The thinking strategy Six Hats helps students to see a problem or topic from multiple perspectives. By taking a specific point of view, each student can learn to see how multifaceted issues can be.

Hexagonal Thinking:
It is important for students to be constructing knowledge rather than passively taking in information. A great critical thinking and discussion strategy to assist in this process is Hexagonal Thinking.

AVID’s DLIQ Learning Log is a quick and easy way for students to articulate their thinking and learning about a day, lesson, or activity!

TIP Chart:
In this episode of Branching Out explored how using a TIP chart in your classroom can help all students understand key vocabulary words while providing a resource for students to refer back to when needed.

Wonder Jar:
The Wonder Jar strategy engages students with new or different material by having them discuss what they wonder. A jar of open-ended questions can be created by students or the teacher. On a weekly or even daily basis, a wonder is chosen and discussed.