Using paper, pens, pencils and more to keep everyone tuned in!
You want maximum participation during a teaching and discussion session but not all the students are attentive and participating. Try this easy idea and get all the students listening, contributing and learning.
- Provide every student with a workbook to record ideas and answers by writing or drawing their responses.
- Use grey leads, coloured pens, pencils, textas – let the students choose what will work best for them or allocate a writing tool for the occasion.
- Ask the questions.
- The students record their response in the book and turn it around to show you.
- Select students to read out their responses.
Small white boards are also a great tool to use when teaching a new mathematics concept, spelling words, how to form letters, write or draw responses to text, record an idea, the sky is the limit!
- Everyone is focused and participating
- Everyone has the opportunity to put forward ideas and opinions.
- You can quickly see who has mastered the new concept you are teaching.
- You may want to only select grey lead pencils to use for responses to avoid the ‘colouring in’ some students may want to do.
- Use different colours on occasions- colours and pictures help ‘lock in new learning’ e.g. Choose two of your favorite colours to use for your responses today.
- Have your own Response Book and white board so you can show your responses to the students.
- Use ‘It Could Be You’ to keep students on their toes and ready to respond.