Math PK-2

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 with their peers, students are actively engaged in math talk and accountable to their own learning.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch a third grade classroom participate in a gallery walk, including discussing their thinking and reasoning. As students walk around to view other group's 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 hear classmates' math thinking, which supports deep understanding and develops Mathematical Flexibility.
  • 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.
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