Sloth, Puppy, Roadrunner

Type of strategy: CollaborationGroup ManagementMovementOpeners & Get to Know YouWriting and/or Reflection

Learning styles: EN: Extraversion and IntuitionES: Extraversion and Sensing

A three-tier grouping of learners according to their own comfort level/pace. (sloth, puppy, roadrunner).


Prior to class, print out separate pictures of a sloth, puppy, and a roadrunner.  Place the pictures in different areas of the classroom.

Ask students to think about what type of pace they prefer when working on new tasks.  Those who prefer step by step instruction and more one on one assistance would go to the sloth group.  Those preferring a medium pace and a chance to do some exploring on their own could go to the puppy group.  Learners preferring to race ahead with little or no instruction could go to the roadrunner group.

Give the assigned task and the allotted amount of time.  Instruct the class that they should bring a product back, at the end of the assignment, to share with the whole group.

November 15, 2011

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Submitted by: Daisy Carlsmith