How to Find Resources

One day you may be planning your next SI session and suddenly come down with a bout of facilitator’s block. It happens to the best of us. You need a special activity for a special topic or concept, but you have no ideas. Don’t freak out! There are plenty of resources at your disposal.

Other SI Leaders

Your SI colleagues are well-versed in the collaborative arts. They are a wealth of creativity and invention. Just ask your mentor, team members, or even other leaders. Other leaders will often have great ideas ready to be used or adapted to your needs. All you have to do is ask.

If you’re too bashful to ask, turn to the SI archives. Leaders in past semesters have been filling out session planning sheets and turning in great ideas for years. Feel free to browse the stacks and pull out an idea from the wisdom of leaders past. They’d be proud knowing they could help.

In the Library

Most libraries have a section of professional development books available to check out. Among them are books about collaborative learning, icebreakers, training, and more! If your library doesn’t have a specific section for professional development, browse the aisles for subclass LB (Library of Congress Classification) or section 370 (Dewey Decimal Classification) to get a general start.1

On the Internet

The Internet makes getting ideas for everything a snap. A search engine query for “fractions collaborative learning,” for example, could return hundreds of pages and ideas to get you started. Remember, if you’re having problems with making a topic collaborative, so are many other people.

Teachers' resource websites are also really good to have bookmarked. Some examples:

^ Footnote 1: While you’re at it, pick up a full classification listing from the reference librarian. You’ll never know when you (or your students) will need it. Even with catalog searching, sometimes just browsing the aisles is best.