Strategy: The Wingman

Engaging the Reluctant Learner in Discussion

Small group discussion is crucial to students having a voice and constructing their own learning. But what do you with the student who never wants to talk? This strategy involves strategically selecting a student in each group who might not contribute as much to a conversation. Their "Wingman" role is to keep track of the discussion, note the contributions of others, and reflect on the discussion in their small group.

This would work well when paired with small groups working together to solve a problem or analyze a text.   Try it when your students are collaboratively solving a set of math problems, examining a primary source document, reading a piece of literature, or creating a lab report.

Watch the video below to see it in action, then download the PDF to give it a try in your own classroom!