Stir the Class

Type of strategy: Brainstorming and DiscussionCollaborationGroup ManagementMovement

Learning styles: EN: Extraversion and Intuition

The classroom develops a supportive atmosphere as students move from one huddle to another, sharing ideas, congratulating each other, and building new ideas.


  1. Students stand in groups of four, each student is given a number (1,2,3,4). Groups stand in a circle around the classroom. Be sure to have some space between groups.
  2. In each group, the students stand side-by-side in a line, facing the teacher in the middle of the circle.
  3. The teacher asks a question or presents a problem. For example, “What are some possible themes for our class party? Be prepared to explain why.”
  4. Students turn to face each other with hands on each others shoulders, as in a football huddle. “Unhuddle and form a line when you are ready to share.”
  5. When groups are all ready, call a number (1,2,3,4) and "left or right" and ask the students with that number to take a step forward. Then have those students rotate to a new group. “All threes take a step forward, turn right, and rotate three groups ahead to join a new group.”
  6. Have new group members huddle again with their new group and share their ideas. If students like the new member’s ideas, they must give him a pat on the back/thumbs up to show appreciation.
  7. Then, students will unhuddle and wait for a new question to discuss.



Kagan Strategies

Submitted by: Heather Dunn