Speed dating for teachers
Teachers in our DODEA grant project (K-12) have worked all year to design four in-depth units using the process.
Most of these units will be implemented sometime this semester.
Introductions and icebreakers; helping students cover a lot of material (e.g., sharing what they learned from readings); starting class discussion¬; allowing all students to speak without taking a lot of class time. Each person interviews the other, with questions provided by the instructor. Effects of small-group learning on undergraduates in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology: A meta-analysis.
Then the pair finds another couple and forms a quad.
It is often helpful to introduce new learning activities by talking about why you're including it in the course.