Gallery Walk / Gallery of learning

#plenary #building community

This activity is a way to assess and celebrate what students have learned over a course of study.

This discussion technique allows students to be actively engaged as they walk throughout the classroom. They work together in small groups to share ideas and respond to meaningful questions, documents, images, problem-solving situations or texts.

Use a Gallery Walk at any point in the lesson to engage students in conversation:

  • After reading → to discuss ideas, themes, and characters
  • After completing a lab to discuss findings and implications
  • To examine historical documents or images
  • Before introducing a new topic to determine students’ prior knowledge
  • After students have created a poster or any other type of display project, or even before they submit it for a grade, use I Like, I Wonder, Next Steps
  • To generate ideas or pre-writes

1. Write:
Create six questions or prompts about the current topic of study and write each one on a piece of chart paper or on a white board. Hang or place the questions or prompts in various places around the classroom to create six stations. Images, documents, problems, or quotes may also be used.

2. Group:
Group students into teams of three to five students, depending on the size of the class. Each group should start at a different station.

3. Begin:
At their first station, groups will read what is posted and one recorder should write the group’s responses, thoughts, and comments on the chart paper or white board. For individual student accountability, you may also have the students record their own responses on a or put their initials below what they wrote. Having different colored markers for each student is also an option.

4. Rotate:
After three to five minutes, have the groups rotate to the next station. Students read and discuss the previous group’s response and add content of their own. Repeat until all groups have visited each station. To involve all group members, you can have groups switch recorders at each station.

5. Monitor:
As the teacher, it is important to monitor the stations while the students participate. You may also need to clarify or provide hints if students don’t understand or misinterpret what is posted at their station.

6. Reflect:
Have students go back to their first station to read all that was added to their first response. Bring the class back together to discuss what was learned and make final conclusions about what they saw and discussed.

The items posted around the room do not have to be questions but can be ideas or concepts or even math problems. Large sheets of paper or chart paper are placed on the walls of the classroom. Students write their responses, draw pictures and record their thoughts on the given topic on the graffiti wall. Students are encouraged to use colored markers to make the wall interesting and to identify each student’s work/response.