QUICK PROCESS TOOLS
These tools were introduced to us by the Reinventing Schools Coalition. Many of these tools are found in Tool Time Handbook for Education by David P. Langford. The purpose of these tools is to facilitate student learning, speed processing of information in a group, clarify objectives, and engage all parties in a process. No one tool is essential, but the use of these types of tools engages stakeholders and improves communication. Each building in the district has a copy of Tool Time for Education. If it is absent from your professional library and your building administrator doesn't have it, contact info@sad15.org for resource support.

Affinity Diagram-A tool to help gather and sort information in an organized manner and aid in the decision-making process, thereby shortening the time it takes to come to consensus.


Bone Diagram-A planning tool that used to identify current state of an organization, the desired state, and the path to transition from one to the other.


Capacity Matrix –A tool for students to self-monitor their progress to reach goals, standards, or benchmarks. Capacity Matrix Explained.


Clock Activity- A tool to quickly form partners to facilitate group discussion.


Consensogram-A tool to quickly and anonymously determine a group's level of knowledge or commitment.

CRIS-Clarify the task, Reflect individually, Impact on your system, Share with your partner: A tool to assess strengths and identify opportunities for improvement individually, within a group, and/or as an organization.

Critical Friends-A protocol for analyzing, with colleagues, a unit or lesson plan and its instructional effectiveness.



Fist-To-Five-A tool for quickly ascertaining students' understanding.

Five Whys-A tool to find the moral purpose and bring a deeper understanding of why something is or is not important.


Flow Chart-A tool that shows the work path or sequence of activities that comprise a process. It is used to obtain clarity concerning process flow and to communicate the process to others.


Force Field Analysis-A tool to analyze the forces that are driving or preventing progress.


Gantt Chart-A tool used to plan schedules and track a project. The chart is especially useful for projects where one phase of the work depends on another phase.


Hot Dot-A tool that is used to select the item that is of most importance to the members of the group.


Imagineering-A brainstorming technique that you can use, with your class, to find the optimal process or outcome.

Interrelationship Digraph-A simple tool that you can use to identify the factors that are most impacting your classroom or team.

Parking Lot-A tool for feedback that includes four sections:+ plus, ∆ delta, ? Questions, and Ideas.


Peaks and Valleys- A tool to help groups realize the change process has highs and lows

PDCA-Plan, Do, Check, Adjust: A goal setting tool that uses a four-step cycle for continuous improvement of a system.


PIER/Smart Process- A process to help set goals, establish steps to achieve goals, assess the success of the steps, and reflect on how the plan could be made more effective.

Plus/Delta-A simple strategy enabling everyone to consider what went well and what needs to be changed.


Power vote-A quick way to identify priorities by giving everyone a dot with which to vote for the category, on an affinity diagram, that they think is most important.
For a more in-depth breakdown of these Learner Centered tools please view the following file.

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