Week 30: Peer to Peer Chat

Collaborating. Reflecting. Growing.

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3 Ideas to Add to Test Prep (and for any grade or subject)

As you continue prepping your students for the upcoming STAAR test in May, keep it engaging and exciting so you and your students don't feel burned out. Here are a few ideas some teachers on your campus have tried and given a thumbs up!

These strategies can also be modified for primary students to use. (ex: using to identify word wall words, colors, numbers, basic addition/subtraction, building listening and speaking skills)


Step 1: Have students stand-up, put their hands-up and then pair-up with someone else who has their hand up.

Step 2: Partner A quizzes.

Step 3: Partner B quizzes.

Step 4: Partner A coaches or praises.

Step 5: Switch Roles

Step 6: Partners trade cards and raise their hands to find new partners

Step 7: Repeat steps 1-6 a number of times.

*This strategy could be used with Q/A for a passage along with cards for the supporting evidence.

Other ideas: vocabulary, prefix/suffix, word problems & strategies used, etc.

Explore Kahoot!

Use Kahoot! It's FREE! Yes, it's as simple as typing in questions to go along with the passages or problems students are already working on. The only extra thing you need to add? Laptops or iPads for the students to use.

*Other ideas to add: Have your students work in learning pairs when answering the questions you pose on Kahoot! Add an additional step by having students highlight the evidence in their passages OR write the strategy they used in a word problem.

Four Corners - Finding the Evidence

Four Corners can be used in so many ways, but today's idea uses this strategy for giving students additional practice finding supporting evidence. (*It can also be modified for only question and answer choices, depending on what your students need more practice with).

Step 1: After class has read the passage, the teacher poses a question and the correct answer to the entire class.

Step 2: Teacher has pre-written text evidence on 4 pieces of chart paper, and placed in four corners.

Step 3: Students are given time to think, then they travel to the corner they believe is the best evidence to support the answer you previously told them.

Step 4: When students arrive at the corner they believe is the best evidence, they must discuss with other members about "why" they think that.

Step 5: If after the group discussions at corners, students have changed their mind, allow them to move to a different corner.

Step 6: Teacher asks for one spokesperson from each chosen corner to share their thinking.

Step 7: Repeat the process for a new question and answer with new evidence at each of the corners.