I attended a session called Playlist Like a Pro in which the session leaders shared many different versions of Playlists they have used in their classroom. It is obvious that playlists are not a one size fit all from year-to-year and the presenting teacher shared that what works for one class won’t necessarily work for another.
We saw many different types of playlists:
- Coloring playlist – activities are spread out through a picture and as students complete an activity they color it in
- BINGO/Choice Board with Must Do/May Do
- Points Playlist – as students complete activities they earn points – must earn certain number of points (*similar to the “menu” style – choose appetizer/entree/dessert)
- Interactive/Digital – Google Docs/Sheets
A huge takeaway from this session was that we should start small and increase in difficulty throughout the year as your students show that they are ready. Having a playlist with a small selection of meaningful activities is better than multiple pages that will overwhelm students and teachers.
I look forward to continuing to embed different types of playlists into my classroom and to identify what is a great fit for my students.