A Gallery Walk is a great activity to create discussion. While it is used to describe many different kinds of activities, whenever I refer to a Gallery Walk, this is what I mean:
- Large posters are located around the room, either posted by the teacher or by (groups of) students.
- Students walk around the room (possibly as individuals, possibly as groups) and read whatever is on each poster.
- Students interact with whatever is on each poster in some way.
- Students move on to the next poster and repeat the process until they have visited each poster in the ‘gallery’ (the room).
- Teacher leads class discussion about the contents of the gallery.
Here are some specific uses:
- As a pre-discussion activity to get the kids thinking and give the teacher something to work from when the class is not particularly talkative. See this post for more details.
- As a way to come to a class consensus about something (ex: best vacation destinations, most important events from a book, problems that one could encounter in another country, etc.). You can build from individual ideas to small group ideas using the Kagan structure ‘Team Windows’, and then use the Gallery Walk to build to the class level. Read about Team Windows here, and read about how I use a Gallery Walk to come up with a running dictation and then a listening assessment here.
- As a way to present projects to the class. Have individuals or groups create a product (a story, an illustration, a food–anything) and have students record their reaction or opinion or respond to pre-determined questions about each product.
What are some ways that you have used Gallery Walks in your classroom?