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A Game for Small Group Discussions: Who Would You Hire? (a scenario)

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5 pages


A fun small group collaborative discussion activity - especially for Back-to-School! How it works: Group members imagine they are hotel managers who have the task of hiring someone for a front desk position. Eight candidates were interviewed. Each small group has to go through the list and agree on who they would hire. Bonus: After sharing their final choice, students will learn about the opinion of a real-life hotel owner/manager.

All handouts are included: Detailed Instructions, Hotel Hiring Scenario, Interview Notes for 8 Candidates, Small Group Discussion Sheet, and Notes from a Real-Life Hotel Owner.

What Teachers Are Saying:

* Have used last 3 years as a day before Thanksgiving activity. Students love it.” – Jeff H.

* “We used this as a beginning of the year activity to lead into a discussion of what works when we're working together in a group. The kids loved it!” – Katie

* “What a great activity! I used this resource to start the year with and the students were engaged, having great discussions, and making real life connections! Super!” – Kimberly J.


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Total Pages
5 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Respond thoughtfully to diverse perspectives, summarize points of agreement and disagreement, and, when warranted, qualify or justify their own views and understanding and make new connections in light of the evidence and reasoning presented.
Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that relate the current discussion to broader themes or larger ideas; actively incorporate others into the discussion; and clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions.
Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Acknowledge new information expressed by others, and, when warranted, qualify or justify their own views in light of the evidence presented.
Pose questions that connect the ideas of several speakers and respond to others’ questions and comments with relevant evidence, observations, and ideas.


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