I don’t know about you, but sometimes a lesson is falling flat or students are struggling to bring the engagement for the day. So this quick post is a quick strategy to get them going again: Buzz Sessions.
What it is: Students come together to generate ideas about a specific topic that are then used to build “buzz” around the conversation.
How to do it:
- Give students a singular word or topic.
- They use whatever presentation board/screen you have available to then spend five to seven minutes to generate buzz on it about the topic.
- One student can be the leader, or they can all use the space together.
- Play two songs that get students pumped up; I use them as the timer.
- Once students have generated a list, use this list to pick up your discussion.
Why this matters: Sometimes it isn’t you or the classroom that cause a stall in the discussion. We all experience it and it helps us to find a way to pause and get energized again. This quick classroom insert helps you and your students to get up and move, while also creating a quick time limit to generate thoughts and ideas. Think of this like a rapid think-pair-share.