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The 3-2-1 Plenary: Flexibility and Collaboration in Active Learning Workshops

Updated: May 3, 2023

Today, in a workshop with the lovely English team at #rosaryschoolhalwan we did a plenary activity called a 3-2-1.

I learned how to do this by observing Peter Lucantoni and Jennifer Law do it in their workshops:

➡️You ask participants to think and share:

3️⃣things they love about a particular topic,

2️⃣things they find challenging about it, and

1️⃣question they have about it.

In a previous post I talked about how teaching in a way that incorporates #activelearning requires you to assess prior knowledge and misconceptions.

The Cambridge article that talks about this is here:

Well.. long story short - It became clear from this activity that the workshop I had planned wasn’t going to be relevant for half of the group due to the different ages they teach.

So… thanks to the discerning and flexible leadership of Sherine Hassan we took a diplomatic vote and steered the session in a direction that was more in line with the needs that surfaced in the 3-2-1 plenary. 🤓

Here is a lesson I learned from Sherine today:

1️⃣💡Instead of domineering the room as a leader, she called for a diplomatic vote to take place about which type of workshop the session would follow. She included herself in the vote - but discreetly, and not pushing others to copy her.

And because teachers were included in the decision, they were some of the most invested, engaged group of teachers I have worked with in the activities that followed. 👏🏼💛

Btw, does this team of #teachers know how to take a group selfie or what!? Thanks to resident group selfie-taker Taki!

P.S. Still reading? Thank you team Rosary for being flexible and gracious when I accidentally went to the wrong Rosary school by #mistake! True story. 🙏🏼🤦🏽‍♀️


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