This activity gives students the opportunity to share their work with
other students. By creating a gallery or carousel in your classroom,
you can give students a chance to showcase their ideas and discuss their
conclusions. In addition to showing their ideas, students talk to
others who circulate around the gallery or carousel. In this way,
students can teach and learn from each other. This activity has the
added benefit of requiring that students get up and move while they
Use this strategy after students have worked in pairs or triads to
create a visual representation of their thoughts or research on a
particular topic. Examples include posters, graphic organizers, poll
results, or drawings. (Note: We have not included
instructions for assigning students to create those visuals here. We are
focused here on strategies to share their completed work.)
- Arrange the room so students can spread out along the perimeter.
- Ask students to stand together with the one or two other students
who helped to create their visual display. The pairs or triads of
partners should spread out along the perimeter of the room, forming a
large circle or square.
- Instruct students to tape, hang, or display their work product on
the wall behind them. If students created their work online and it must
be shown that way, arrange for computers to be available to display
- Ask one student from each group to come to the middle of the
room. Explain that these students will have the first chance to check
out the work of the other students. They will be the moving learners.
(Other students will get a chance to be moving learners shortly.) Ask
the other student(s) to stand by their displayed work products. They
will be the standing student teachers.
- Explain that in a moment, the moving learners will spread out across
the room to speak to the standing student teachers who are standing
along the wall near their work. At your cue, ask the moving learners to
choose a standing student teacher to talk to. The standing student
teachers should share their work, explain how it relates to the topic,
and answer any questions from the moving learners. Tell students they
will have two or three minutes to share for each rotation. Confirm
students understand the instructions.
- Begin the first round. After about two minutes, give your cue (ring a
bell, turn the lights off and then on, etc.). Your cue should signal
the moving learners to rotate and meet with a different standing student
teacher. After two or three rounds, ask students to switch roles and
switch places. Now, the standing student teachers get to be moving
learners and vice versa. Again, the moving learners should rotate on
your cue. Follow the same pattern until this second set of moving
learners have had a chance to circulate around the room to see at least
two or three sets of student work. If students worked in triads, you may
need a third round.
- Call the students together and back to their seats for a brief discussion. Ask students:
- What were you able to learn from explaining your work to other students?
- What were you able to learn from seeing and discussing other students’ work?
- If possible, keep the students' work hanging around the room for the
rest of the class period or even into the next class period.