Literacy PK-3

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 and accountable to their own learning.

Use It in the Classroom

Start at 5:15 to see a kindergarten classroom participate in a gallery walk. As students walk around to view other's ideas and reasoning, they practice Social Awareness and Relationship Skills and Self-regulation in providing kind, constructive feedback.

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

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