Math 3-6

Gallery Walk

Overview

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 math problems or concepts with their peers, students are actively engaged in Math Communication that can develop their Mathematical Flexibility and support moving new learning into Long-term Memory.

Use It in the Classroom

Starting at 5:12, watch how a fourth grade classroom participates in a gallery walk. The teacher prompts the whole class with questions for students to think about. As students walk around to view others' work, they strengthen their Mathematical Flexibility by understanding different ways to approach the same problem.

  • Setting up the classroom so students can move together in small groups helps learners link the cognitive benefits of movement with the social and emotional benefits of peer-assisted learning. Students can also discuss their math thinking with each other, practicing Social Awareness & Relationship Skills while developing their own mathematical reasoning.
  • 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. Developers can create a Math Learning Environment t that promotes this positive social interaction through visual and auditory exchange of ideas.
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