Friday, August 10, 2012

My Favorite Friday - Conversation Cards

I attended a workshop many, many years ago and they used photos to spark discussion at each group of teachers.  It was fun and easy to open up.

Have you ever seen the Blue Day Book by Bradley Trevor Greive?  I can't help but love the photographs.  I picked up a few of his other books and began cutting the pages apart.

This is what I ended up with

I will ask students to choose the photo that best represents how they feel about ___________ (test, math, next year, etc.).  Sometimes they will share out with the group or I will have them write about it.  This has worked well with groups who have been more hesitant to share or open up.


  1. Love it! So clever and something really different for math class.

  2. I love the idea of having kids choose the photo that represents how they feel. Thank you!

  3. I love this idea to start conversation among teachers as well! I'm thinking picture cards showing students, classrooms, etc! I think it can help to discuss philosophy, beliefs, etc. Thoughts???

    1. I've used with teachers too. Never thought about showing classroom settings. Great idea!

  4. I have used this strategy with teachers ... used black/white postcards! I also used it with parents to get relate stories of their schooling so we could make comparisons! I had forgotten about the strategy! Glad to be reminded!