SHIFT Support Resources
Here is a curated list of SHIFTy resources aimed at supporting you in your work to make school different.
Community Building Activities
Click the link to the Google Doc for the complete curated collection Community-Building Activities, and see each one below.
Most of these activities can be done with students of any age - accommodations may need to be made for students who are Not Yet Reading, and/or are limited in technical proficiency.
Many hands make light work! These activities have been curated from various creative and innovative humans. Credit has been given wherever possible. Thank you so much for sharing!
Up, Down, Stomp, Clap
Students are sitting more in class with COVID protocols in place. Here is a fun, challenging game you can play while remaining physically distanced in class.
Here is a very flexible Google Jamboard activity that can be used as a check in, or as a Minds On activity. It is easy to adapt to your subject or to get silly and creative in terms of questions you ask!
Here is a link to your copy of the jamboard to use with your students:
Jamboard en français
Two Truths and a Lie
Here is a classic community builder / getting to know you activity, reimagined using Google Jamboard : Two truths and a fib! You can duplicate the slides so each student gets their own, but know that Jamboard has a maximum of 20 slides in one Jamboard. An alternate solution is to have more than one student working on the same slide, using different coloured sticky notes.
Figure It Out
Here are some riddles to challenge your students with! There are a series of riddles on this slide show, you could tackle one or two a day, or divide up the class to tackle different riddles.
Ear - Nose Switcheroo
A little movement and brain break to use in person or virtually. Deceivingly difficult, give it a try! Nose, Ear Switcheroo!
Move Your Dot
Here is a virtual minds on activity to engage your students. Move the yellow dot to their favourite choice, move the red dot to the least favourite choice. Chat about the results!
Here is a link to the jamboard to use.
Carve a Virtual Pumpkin
Using a Google Slideshow, students can get creative carving a virtual pumpkin with this fun activity to engage a virtual class
Ready to Go Jamboards and Templates
Here, you will find a collection of jamboard and other templates ready-to-use that are engaging for students and cut down on your prep time!
Here, you will find a collection of self-paced modules to help you take control of your work/life balance using Google Tools.
It's time to Get Your SHIFT Together and take back control of your time!
Back Pocket Teacher Moves
With the goal of increasing student engagement and autonomy, and working smarter, not harder, back pocket teacher moves are open-ended learning frameworks that are ready-made and easy to implement. In knowledge-building moments, when students need to learn the content of a topic, these teacher moves allow for students to be more active and collaborative in their learning, rather than passive consumers. Designed by EduProtocols, these lesson frames can be used whether your class is face to face, or online.
New Google Tools
In Integrative thinking, problem solvers use the toolbox to make sense of tensions and reframe the problem in a new light. With a clearer perspective, problem solvers explore possibilities and iterate on prototype solutions.
The tools of Integrative Thinking provide the structure and pathways for ideation, guiding thinkers toward fresh outcomes. The three tools in the toolbox are the Pro-pro chart, the Ladder of Inference and the Causal Model.
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