Common Ground

Common Ground
Time Frame:
about an hour, but depends on the number of common "reads" used
Participants will list their priorities for students' skills when leaving their school/district. They will then discuss their lists with others, make modifications to their own lists as they listen, and eventually work toward a consensus list.
  1. Think-Pair-Share a list of priorities for students' skills when leaving their school/district.
    • Given 5 minutes and an index card, list at least 5 but no more than 10 "skills" (skills, outcomes, knowledge, habits, etc.)students will have when graduating from their school/district.
    • Find a partner (preferably from a different grade/subject who you don't talk education with regularly) and compare lists, add to/revise your own lists as needed
    • Join another pair and repeat.
  2. Common "Reads" - Consider a range of resources related to this idea
  3. Repeat Step 1, but have groups work toward a consensus list of 10 "skills." Participants should post those lists to Moodle, a wiki, a blog, etc.
  4. Individually or in pairs, participants read and comment on other groups' posts.
  5. Whole group, create a list of all possibilities. Discuss any redundancies/similarities to see if any can be removed. Discuss whether any are contained within another and can be removed. Attempt to consolidate the overall list into a Top 10 list.
  • What GLCE's or other objectives does this activity/lesson project meet?
  • Please include at least one !gnite objective here as well (communication with text and non-text resources, collaboration, higher order thinking skills, problem solving, etc.)
How will you assess the students learning?
Please identify opportunities for differentiation.
  • What resources will be needed?
  • Links to teacher or student examples.


Use the Embed Widget tool to add a Discussion Area widget. Bump the number to 100. This will take the comments from the discussion tab and add them to the bottom of the page. This will encourage teacher reflection and modification.