Popcorn Share: Generating Rapid-Fire Ideas
Lesson Objective: Encourage a variety of student responses using a 'popcorn' share
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Thought starters

  1. Why is there an option for students to 'pass' if they are called on to share?
  2. What elements of this strategy foster accountability?
  3. How does the popcorn share contribute to building a classroom community and increase student engagement?

I'm eager to try this tomorrow in my circle. I'm hoping to promote more engagement and ownership during our circles, particularly at the beginning of the year. I do like the "pass" option for students who are still developing the courage to speak up.

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Like it- all share quickly,promotes engagement.
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I do like the idea of the "pass" as a way to keep students in the listening loop, yet able to deflect attention if they are unable to respond rapidly. I see a lot of student anxiety interfering with performance. Perhaps there is a cue that can be used to indicate, "I pass now, but come back to me in one minute" or something to that effect. Thanks
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I like this concept and used it last year, there were some disruptions because some students didn't want to be called on by their peers, so I would have like to see more of the class and less narration of the idea. Than you for sharing.
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I implement a popcorn read in my class. I really like this idea as well. As part of our oral exit slips today the students had to tell one thing that they learned. The problem that I ran into was that my students were being redundant. I will definitely incorporate this into my classroom. Thanks for sharing!
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  • [Music]

    Interviewer: We’re gonna do a very quick, like a little popcorn share, which means one person shares one way that they


    Interviewer: We’re gonna do a very quick, like a little popcorn share, which means one person shares one way that they listed a specific example of fair use. We’ll just go one person, and they call on the next person, and the next one calls on the next person.

    The purpose of the popcorn share is to hear a flood of ideas from as many different voices as possible. One person will share a quick, laser-sharp response to a question, and then next will share a different idea, and then it goes on and on and on. We get lots of ideas and lots of student opportunity to talk and share in a quick, rapid-fire kind of situation.

    Interviewee: I noticed that on a lot of videos on YouTube, they would take the famous banana—if you type in, “Try not to make me laugh,” they have the famous dancing banana who goes like that.

    Interviewee: He didn’t really use it in his own words. Copied it from other music videos.

    Interviewee: Anybody can basically use it without—it’s not actually being illegal to copyright it.

    Interviewer: Students want to be heard, so it’s a way to acknowledge that students wanna participate in the room. Also, it activates the students’ listening skills. In that kind of situation, like if someone who said the exact same thing right before you did, you’d have to think of something different, or you take a pass, so you get as many different ideas so there’s diversity in the conversation.

    The popcorn share and having students call on one another really, really promote building community and having everyone’s voice really be heard and not having it be so teacher centered in the classroom. That’s really important to me.


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School Details

Ms 250 West Side Collaborative Middle School
735 West End Avenue
New York NY 10025
Population: 180

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Project-based Learning, PBL, Projects, Engagement


English Language Learners, Writing, High School


Reading Analysis, Literary Analysis, High School, ELA, Reading, Writing


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Professional Learning


Next Generation Science Standards