Active Learning: Gallery Walk

Decorative: Diagram for gallery walk rotation scheme -- station, 1, station 2, station 3, station 4 set up as equidistant points on a circle


A. The Gallery Walk Technique

1. "What Is Gallery Walk?" (web page) gives a quick, five-step summary of the gallery-walk format and explains its value and flexibility as an active-learning/cooperatve-learning strategy:

  • It "gets students out of their chairs and into a mode of active engagement."
  • It "can be conducted with computers (a "Computer Run"), with pieces of paper on tables, or with posted chart paper."
  • "It can be scheduled for fifteen minutes (a "Gallery Run") or for several class periods."
  • "For students, it's a chance to share thoughts in a more intimate, supportive setting rather than a larger, anonymous class."
  • "For instructors, it's a chance to gauge the depth of student understanding of particular concepts and to challenge misconceptions." 

2. "Why Use the Gallery Walk?" (web page) explains 9 ways that gallery-walk technique promotes learning:

  • Class discussion
  • Higher order thinking
  • Cooperative learning
  • Team building

3. "How to Use Gallery Walk?" (web page) links to four pages or preparation, instruction, and assessment (hot links: click to open):

4. "Developing Questions for Gallery Walk to Engage Higher Order Thinking" (web page) uses "Bloom's taxonomy ... as an aid in writing questions for Gallery Walk," providing examples of appropriate questions.

  • "[A]nalysis, synthesis, and evaluation categories seem to work best with Gallery Walk."
  • "[K]nowledge, comprehension, and application work best with the 'Gallery Run' format." (Scroll to bottom of link for "Gallery Run" information.)

5. "Examples of Gallery Walk Questions" (web page) provides themed examples of questions.

B. Other Resources

1. "Active Learning in Large Classes: A Gallery 'Walk' with 100 students" (blog post) 

  • "In most large classes in auditoriums, there is not the time or space for students to actually walk around the ‘gallery’. So instead I bring the ‘gallery’ of four provocative questions to groups of students on clipboards that are rotated around the classroom ...."

2. "Gallery Walk in a Large Classroom" (web page; video, 1.32 m) engages the quetsions of "How does it work?" and the "Step by step process."

3. "Gallery Walk" (web page) outlines a history/text-focused use of the gallery walk.

4. "Allison Titcomb on Gallery Walks" (web page) suggest the use of galley walks with posters and offers 6 "hot tips," 4 "rad resources," and 1 "super sample."  

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