At the beginning of the year once students begin getting comfortable with each other, they like to “show and tell”. No matter what the grade level, most students like to talk about themselves. A quick way to give students a time to talk is to use the structure Round Robin.
1. Give students time to think about what they would like to share.
2. Explain to students that they have 30 seconds (or whatever time you specify) to share.
3. Appoint a student from each team to begin sharing.
4. Using Round Robin students continue sharing until all students have had a chance to share.
What could have taken 15 mintues, has taken two, and all students have shared and feel included.