Mind Streaming

Mind Streaming can be utilized as a paired or group discussion strategy.  It can be used to access background knowledge or as a post-reading activity/review strategy.

Before using Mind Streaming in class for the first time, model how this is done with your students.  Select a student to partner with you.  Use a topic that the student will have some background knowledge on such as school rules, a topic previously covered in your curriculum, winter olympic sports, etc. 

For a paired discussion...

1.   Assign each student a partner.
2.   Tell your students the topic that they will be discussing.
3.   Give them the time limit that you expect each partner to talk for.  One minute
      per student works well.
4.   When you are ready, tell Student #1 that they need to begin talking about the
      topic for one minute.
5.   Call time for Student #1 to wrap up.
6.   On the teacher's call, Student #2 begins talking about the topic for one minute.
7.   Call time for Student #2 to wrap up.

For a group discussion...

1.   Have students number off in class by 2's.
2.   Ask all of the students assigned a "Number 1" to stand in a straight row.
3.   Ask all of the students assigned a "Number 2" to stand in a straight row facing
      the "Number 1" students.
4.   Tell the students the topic they will be discussing.
5.   Give them the time limit that you expect each partner to talk for.  One minute
      per student works well.
6.   Call time for the "Number 1" students to wrap up.
7.   On the teacher's call, "Number 2" students begin talking about the topic for 
      one minute.
8.   Call time for the "Number 2" students to wrap up.
9.   Have the first person at the end of the "Number 1" student row move to the
      opposite end of the "Number 1" line.  This causes all "Number 1" students to
      shift one space and have a new partner.
10. Begin the partner sharing once again.
11. Continue shifting a "Number 1" student until the teacher ends the Mind 
      Streaming.

Extension Ideas:

1.  Depending on class size, you may want to number off by 4's or 6's.  Numbering off
     by 4's would allow you to have two smaller groups (Group the 1's & 2's and group the
     3's & 4's).  Numbering off by 6's would give you three smaller groups.

2.  After completing the group discussion format, bring the class back together as a
     whole.  Hold an entire class discussion regarding what was talked about during Mind
     Streaming.

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