Literacy 4-6

Systems Change

Gallery Walk


As students walk through stations working in small groups, the social and physical nature of the learning supports deeper understanding. By seeing, sharing, and responding to ideas with their peers, students are actively engaged in discussion, accountable to their own learning, and can be given an opportunity to practice Foundational Writing Skills.

Use It in the Classroom

Learn how teachers in an English language learner classroom use a gallery walk to encourage students across levels to participate and interact. By creating prompts and modeling conversations, all learners can share what they are learning and also practice providing feedback to each other. As students walk around to view other's ideas, they practice Inhibition & Self-Regulation in providing kind, constructive feedback and Social Awareness & Relationship Skills as they communicate with those around them.

  • Setting up the classroom so students can move together in small groups helps link the cognitive benefits of movement with the social and emotional benefits of cooperative learning. This type of active learning is highly motivating and supports deep understanding.
  • Design It into Your Product

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    Watch how apps like iBrainstorm allow for collaborative spaces to be set up across multiple devices. Such products can be used to facilitate gallery walks in digital spaces where students share their work and comment on each others' work.

  • Allowing learners to contribute their ideas while also interacting with others in a shared, safe space fosters Motivation for learning and builds confidence. Developers can create an environment that promotes this positive social interaction through visual and auditory exchange of ideas.
  • Factors Supported by this Strategy