#plenary #building community #

Ink shedding is a way to conduct an interactive “conversation” that gives students a bit more time for reflection, doesn’t require anyone to talk, and (therefore) often allows for new student voices to enter the classroom. It also allows students to review material from a previous class or from the previous night’s homework in preparation for the day’s major activity or lecture, but it can also be the major activity.


  • Give students up to 3 minutes to write their thoughts about a thought-provoking question on a piece of paper (students are instructed to put their name on the paper).
  • After 3 minutes, students pass their paper to the person clockwise to them. The receiver adds comments on what was written and/or adds to it.
  • Repeat this process at least two more times with the last round returning the paper to its original author.