Weekly Tribes – Peer Response Huddle

Use this strategy for team-building (personal, social questions), reviewing pertinent content, even for “Test prep”.

Check out the strategy on page 307. Read the instructions carefully, as the success of this strategy is in the management – it needs to be on-task, quick, and non-competitive. It’s over after 5-6 questions. The great thing about this strategy is that students must talk and share in order to be successful – since they don’t know WHO will be called on, everyone must know the answer.

For secondary students, questions might be less concrete, and more thoughtful; problem solving, “what if” questions, real life situations, and questions that activate connections to prior learning promote more discussion, rather than rote answers.

Here are some sample questions:
• Who in your group has a birthday closest to today?
• Name a person in this room who models the agreements.
• What can out school do to reduce its carbon footprint?
• What is something that your generation does better than your parents, environmentally speaking?
• If you don’t know the answer on a test, what can you do (a test-taking strategy)?
• (Put a sample test question on an overhead, or use the test-prep-type booklet). Look at question #(whatever)…which answer absolutely DOESN’T make sense?

How did working together help you to understand?
How were the agreements honored?
Did you fully participate, or let others do the work for you?
Was the timing too quick, too slow, or just right?
Can you make better questions than mine? (then use this to extend for the next time!)
What would you change about this strategy to improve it?