Tell me and I forget.
Teach me and I remember.
Involve me and I learn.
Teaching with Intentionality
Ways to Increase Engagement
Put It to Movement:
Keep Things Moving Along (Pace):
Keep Things Unexpected:
Questioning skills definitely up the rigor, and by randomly picking students by drawing names (popsicle sticks) from a can or using an app like random name picker, we keep all kiddos on their toes, but does this improve engagement? I’d say it does, but there are other questioning teaching techniques we can use too. Techniques such as Think, Pair, Share or Pairs Check (Students pair up to work on a problem and then check with another partnership to confirm they’re correct) gets 100% included. These techniques help students realize that the teacher expects everyone engaged. Here are a few variations on Think, Pair, Share that you might try out:
- Mingle Pair Share-kids move about the room to pair up
- Sticky Note Responses-pose the question and have students respond on stickies for sorting and discussion
- Huddle Up-kids form groups to discuss and respond
- Silent Partners-Kids get up, find partner, one partner is silent and other talks out answer and then they switch. When time is called, kids share what they’re partner said.
- Scoot/Quiz Quiz Trade-Students have question cards, pair up, discuss questions and then move.
- Graffiti Walls-Brainstorming techniques work well for questioning and are easy to use since all you need is a blank piece of paper and something to write with. Students record their questions, answers, or big ideas.
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