Stay and Stray

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

Think outside the boxWhat is it?

This process is an organisational communication tool which allows for random grouping an a structured manner. Students, in groups of three, are provided with questions to answer in a structured and time limited manner. Each question challenges the students to think more deeply about the topic.

What aspects of learning are being supported?

  1. Bloom’s Taxonomy: remembering, understanding, applying, analysing, evaluating, creating
  2. QT – Intellectual Quality: Deep Knowledge, Deep Understanding, Higher-Order Thinking, Metalanguage, Substantive Communication
  3. QT – Quality Learning Environment: Explicit Quality Criteria, Engagement, High Expectations, Social Support, Students Self-Regulation, Student Direction

Which apps could I use?

  1. DEC managed collaborative tools (via Portal): Google Docs, Microsoft Office 365, Adobe Connect.
  2. Related collaborative tools: EvernoteiCloudBaiBoardNote AnytimeWeb2AccessCool Tools for Schools, and Exploratree.
  3. Analogue collaborative tools: Paper, pens and Postit notes.

How do I use it?

  1. Organise the students into groups of three
  2. Students number themselves one, two or three.
  3. Provide the students with a topic/question to discuss. Students answer in order of number one’s first, then number two’s and finally number threes. They each have 45 seconds to make their response. During this time the only person speaking is the one who is allocated the time.
  4. Students change their groups, however there is always a number one, two and three in each group.
  5. Students are provided with another question which requires higher order thinking. Again, the students take turns to answer within 45 seconds
  6. Students change groups again and continue the process of answering the teacher provided question.

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