And Engaging Students

Managing Response Rates Powerpoint Powerpoint Longer

Also take a look at Questioning

A couple of my favorite sayings to think about:

  • "School is a place where students go to watch adults work.”
  • “At the end of the day you want the students to be tired not you.”
  • The person doing the most talking is the one doing the most learning.
    • Your goal is to make your students talk as much as you talk.
Avoiding the Trap of "Q & A Teaching" blog post
50 Fun Ways to Group Learners blog post
Attention getting signals Blog post

Managing response rate

How are students selected to answer a question?
What is done before a question is answered?
  • Students raise hand and someone is called on
  • Interaction Sequence
  • Turn to partner, elbow partner, near partner,
  • Think-pair-share
  • Think-write-pair-share
  • Stand up--hands up--pair up--share
  • A explain to B—then B explain to A
  • Choral Response video demonstration
  • randomly call on students (cards, sticks, app, talking chips) variety
  • clock partners
  • specific strategies like fold line/split line, inside-outside circle, find an across the room partner

Random Selection of Students


  • randomly call on students (cards, sticks, app, talking chips)
  • Plickers are cards with QR type designs on them. Students rotate the cards to indicate their choice of answers (A-D). Student choices are collected and compiled by phone or Ipad. Go to the web site to begin and set up classes. FREE
  • WheelDecide is a web based site that allows the teacher to set up the students in a class in a spinning wheel. Spin the wheel to decide which student to call on.
  • Decide Now is a Ipad app that can be set up to select students in your class with a spinning wheel.

Clock Partners

    • Clock Partners Video--active engagement with flexible grouping. One student sets up appointments with another student by writing each other names on the face of a clock. To begin student interaction the teacher says "meet with your ten o'clock partner and discuss ..." Assign 12 o'clock as homework partner. This person is responsible for getting the homework assignment and any handouts. Teacher can also match students ahead of time by like learning styles or common interest.
      • This word document is a template of the clock graphic and places for students to fill in their names: Clock Partners.doc.
      • Table Families (small group of 4-8, teacher-selected or random, we don't always get to choose our family)
      • Close Partners (a partner close in proximity, but not at the table group)
      • Elbow Partners (a person sitting near you)
      • Across the Room Partners (a partner from the other side of the room, encourages movement)
      • Partners A & B (a nearby partnership; one person designated as "A", and the other as "B", can have two "B"s)

Response Sheets

  • Response Sheets or Feedback Sheets use the clear plastic sheet protectors to hold graph paper, lined paper, venn diagrams, worksheets, or what ever you want to place in them. They are similar to the small white boards but more flexible in that any type of worksheet can be placed in them. Students use dry mark pens to write on them. Consider placing oak tag or thin cardboard inside to make them more sturdy.
  • Erasers—Kleenex, small erasers, socks OR Erasers can be found at http://dryerase.com click on the left side "markers and erasers" and go to the bottom of the page. 30 erasers for $14.70
  • Do not use non-glare sheets as they are more difficult to clean.

Strategies to Engage Students

Homework Alternatives Ideas to get your students engaged in doing homework. The strategies below are described in more detail on the "Homework Alternatives" web site.
  • White Out
  • Homework Sums
  • Wager game
  • Pass Pen
  • Three Heads are Better Than One
  • Quiz-Quiz-Share
  • Problems on Wall
  • I have...Who Has????
  • Line up or Circle up
  • Scavenger Hunt