Sparks

simple tools for Meaningful lessons

Ready-to-use activities and tools that you can roll out instantly, Sparks are perfect for jump-starting your lesson plan and boosting student engagement. Sparks are designed to captivate students, bringing the subject matter of a lesson to life, and increase engagement and participation.  Sparks also strengthen students’ social and emotional skills, encouraging them to engage with each other and their learning community, alongside the material.

Sparks are broken down into 5 categories for easy integration into your lesson plan or content learning:

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Value Countdown
This tool is an effective way to get students to explore what their most important values are. It’s done in an intuitive and dynamic way to encourage the students to follow their ‘gut’ feeling rather than over-thinking and finding the “correct” values. It is a good tool to use to initiate quick intuitive reflection followed by dialogue.
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Apology, Applause, Awareness
This tool allows students to share not only personal reflections but also acknowledge others in their classroom.
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Stinky Fish
This tool can be used at the beginning of a day, class or learning unit. It is a sharing format which focuses on sharing fears, anxieties and uncertainties related to what is ahead or expected of students. The purpose of using this tool  is to create openness within the class.
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Fishbowl
The Fishbowl tool is an effective way to activate attention, to improve listening and observing skills, To practice active listening and engage in effective conversations.
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Lesson strart & end Sel and Skills
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Check-Out!
Checking-out is a simple way for students to close and conclude a process or lesson simply in a collaborative way. Checking-out invites each member in a group to be seen and heard, and to express a thought or a feeling. checking-out emphasizes reflection and individual meaning making.
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What are you bringing to class?
A good way to start a class is to see how students are feeling, what might be distracting them and how low/high their energy level is.
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