SOS: Idea Share

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Idea Share
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Students of all ages need opportunities to learn from one another, share ideas, analyze and synthesize information presented in a variety of formats, and provide constructive feedback to one another. (The Partnership for 21st Century Skills and the Common Core State Standards Anchor Standards) The I.D.E.A. Share strategy provides a framework that helps students accomplish these things in a positive and supportive way. The strategy was specifically designed to help students look at and learn from student-created Discovery Boards but could be easily adapted to fit a variety of other learning situations.


  • Setup: Find music track to use as students rotate. Ask students to log in and launch their Board Builder projects. Review the I.D.E.A. Share recording sheets and provide copies for students.
  • Play music while students rotate around the classroom.
  • When the music stops, students sit down in the closest chair and read/review resource at that desk. The goal is for them to gain new IDEAs from that resource.
  • Give students 2-3 minutes to complete 1 letter on the IDEA recording sheet (see page 2)
    • I – write about something interesting
    • D – write about something different
    • E – write about something exciting
    • A – write about something advanced
  • Ask students to also record whose board they looked at and why chose that letter. Example:  “John’s video about volcanoes was interesting because it showed how first ash erupts and then lava explodes.”
  • Repeat rotation and idea gathering several more times, making sure that students have time to write about what they’re learning on their IDEA recording sheet.
  • After four rotations gather students into a whole group setting. Ask students to share with the class what they saw that was Interesting, Different, Exciting, and Advanced.

Potential Applications

  • Use as a culminating activity after students complete Board Builder projects.
  • Adapt for use with other types of student projects (video, audio or written)
  • Adapt for use with multiple sources of information on the same topic

Special Thanks

  • This strategy is courtesy of DEN STAR Wendy Graham from Balfour Elementary School in Asheboro, NC.

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One Comment;

  1. Dana Johnston said:

    I modeled this lesson in a classroom that had just completed their Board Builders as an end of unit activity. The kids were very engaged and learned a lot from looking at each others boards. The teacher loved that it was easy to use and the kids loved it.

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