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.
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.
In each group, the students stand side-by-side in a line, facing the teacher in the middle of the circle.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.
Then, students will unhuddle and wait for a new question to discuss.