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What is Gallery Walk? --a discussion technique for active engagementGallery Walk gets students out of their chairs and actively involves them in synthesizing important concepts, in consensus building, in writing, and in public speaking. In Gallery Walk teams rotate around the classroom, composing answers to questions as well as reflecting upon the answers given by other groups. Questions are posted on charts or just pieces of paper located in different parts of the classroom. Each chart or "station" has its own question that relates to an important class concept. The technique closes with an oral presentation or "report out" in which each group synthesizes comments to a particular question.
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Why use Gallery Walk? --promotes higher order thinking, oral/written presentation skills, and team buildingGallery Walk is flexible and has many benefits. Gallery Walk can be organized for a simple fifteen minute ice breaker or for a week long project involving graded oral and written reports. The technique encourages students to speak and write the language of earth science rather than just hearing it from the instructor. In addition to addressing a variety of cognitive skills involving analysis, evaluation, and synthesis, Gallery Walk has the additional advantage of promoting cooperation, listening skills, and team building.
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How to use Gallery Walk? --student teams rotate between posted charts
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Gallery Walk examples --a variety of sample questions for a variety of earth science topicsFind examples of Gallery Walk questions for the following categories: Atmosphere, Biosphere, Climate System, Earth History and Time, Earth Surface, Energy and Cycles, Human Dimensions, Hydrosphere and Cryosphere, Oceans, Solar System, and Solid Earth. Complete sample exercises are also included for a Gallery Walk involving weather map analysis and soil morphology.
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References on Gallery WalkFind journal and web references relating to Gallery Walk.
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