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"True/False Question Cards"
Patty Limenski: 6th Grade Teacher

"Some days it takes me forever to get responses from my students. They duck behind one another trying not to get called on in class. So I came up with what I call my "Question Cards". I find it helps to get my students ready to respond in class and become more engaged in what we are doing.

Each student gets two index cards with the word "True" on one and "False" written on the other. This helps me in being about to elicit responses from my students. As the class usually progresses, we move to "1, 2, 3, 4" multiple choice cards. I found that if I use this early in the class, later in the class it is easy to higher level responses from them. We have even started to make little games out of it. You may find it useful!"

Teaching Idea

"That blank look!"
Sue Beddall: Year 4 Teacher

"Sometimes when I ask my eight-year-olds for their ideas or opinions they are too shy, or is it lazy, to put up their hand and offer their thoughts. In this situation now I say, "O.K. tell the person next to you what you think.", and allow 30 seconds to 1 minute, then call their attention back to me. There will be a noisy buzz while they exchange views, but the result when you ask for their opinions again is worth it. As they have already told one person and not been laughed at, they will be more inclined to tell the whole class. If I want answers particularly from very shy people I may say, now tell me - not what you think - but what your partner said. This way each class member must get an idea from their partner, and this makes them more likely to agree to swap in case teacher asks them!"

Teaching Idea

"Question of the Day"
Hal Stewart: 3rd Grade Teacher

"I have 17 students in my full day class program. Each student is assigned the task of researching and asking the class one question per month. The question must be relevant to what we are doing in class. For instance, today we were exploring the topic of community helpers. Today's Question of the Day was "What does a veterinarian do?" I make sure to approve all questions at the beginning of each day.

Every student in the class must place an answer to the daily question in the answer box. If the question stumps the entire class, I give the student a reward. I show all of the students the answers to the question in a dramatic format. I even play the music from Survivor the TV Game."

Teaching Idea

""True and False Responses"
Donna Wright: 5th-6th Grade Science Teacher

"I have my student "sign" me with the letter "T", in sign language, if the answer is True and with the letter F if the answer is false. This can also be used with Y for yes and N for no."

Teaching Idea

Jennifer Warren, 7th/8th Spanish Teacher

"My Spanish classes play review games where everyone stands in a circle and tosses a beany baby to classmates for them to answer. Often students forget who's already gone, and they get noisy when it's not their turn. Now I tell my students that after they've answered someone's review question, they have to "mummify" themselves. Students cross their arms over their chests like mummies to show that they've already answered, and since mummies can't talk, neither can they! It works-and I teach middle school!"

Teaching Idea

"Tic Tac Toe Learning"
Jessica Files, Elementary Teacher

"I like to spice up my math lessons by using a cooperative tic-tac-toe game with students. I have students create a tic-tac-toe grid. I then assign a list of 9 problems to groups of two students. The students flip a coin to decide who goes first. The student who goes first has to do problem #1. If they get it right, their circle or "X" goes in the tic-tac-toe slot of their choice. If they get it wrong, their opponents circle or "X" goes in the tic-tac-toe slot of their opponent's choice. I find this to be a great review activity for problems of any type. I started using this technique with other content areas and it work well too."

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