The Strategy Ring

The Strategy Ring is a colorful flip chart with a compilation of teaching strategies that promote active participation, differentiated instruction, and higher levels of thinking on Bloom's Taxonomy. This handy resource was developed as a "Tool Box" for teachers who want to vary their instruction and respond to student need and feedback. If you are running a learning system (see Establishing a Learning System page), using a variety of strategies is imperative. The Strategy Ring is a convenient way to quickly find different ways of presenting material so that students are engaged in learning.
- Engaging Student Brains Without Going Insane as presented at Connect for Success conference, 6/28/2012

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We recommend having Bonny come to your school for a 2-hour presentation on how the brain works so that they strategies on the ring can be modeled. Teachers love this in-service and will actually USE this quick and easy-to-use strategies in the classroom after attending a presentation. The regular fee for Bonny's presentation is $300 per hour, but for schools that purchase at least 25 Strategy Rings, the speaker fee is discounted by 25% and schools who purchase at least 50 Strategy Rings get a 50% discount. This offer is for a limited time only, so call today to take advantage of the savings!

Here are a couple of activities from the Ring:


Large post-it papers are placed on the walls around the classroom with questions or topics for students to consider.
Students are given a specific amount of time to go from paper to paper in assigned groups.
At each paper, they jot down what they have learned or what they have found to be important about the given topic/question.
Students may take their books and read to find answers as they go, collaborating as a team to come up with responses.


4-5 problems/questions are printed on card-stock, one problem/question per card. Place one card per table around the room. Groups of students are given a pre-arranged amount of time at each table to collaboratively work on each problem.

Each group is assigned to display and explain one of the problems for the class at the end.

4R Activity

Students are divided into groups of 2-3-or 4. They are given a reading assignment that they read together. Each group is given a solo plastic plate, a dry erase marker, and an eraser to use for recording their picture/graph/notes.
· One student Reads one paragraph at a time
· One Recites back what is read in his/her own words
· One student Records in graphs, pictures, or words
One student Reports back to the whole class on the selection their group read