Are You Engaging Everyone?
When was the last time you did a Think-Pair-Share or a turn-and-talk in your classroom? How many more of your kids got the chance to respond and engage then if you just asked one kid? A lot, right? It's a major step forward from the conventional teacher lecturing and pausing for questions or clarification.
But here's another question. How many of your kids didn't talk? They were too shy to get a buddy, or they opted out by letting their friend talk the whole time?
I used to ignore those couple of kids. 17 out of 20 ain't bad, right? But as I matured as a teacher, I was ashamed to let those kids off the hook. They were inevitably my ELL students or kids without confidence. I was neglecting their contributions by not structuring my activities and questions better.
How can we engage EVERY child, EVERY time we ask a question? What's the best way we can change out instruction to help our students improve their academic and social skills? The answer is structures.
You want it, we got it!
Pair Share Structures
Students share their thinking and reactions verbally to a single partner.
Students show understandings (and misunderstandings) by explaining a complex process or solution verbally to a peer.
Group Share Structures
Students share their reactions and thinking verbally to a small group of peers
Pair reading CL Strategies
Students take turns reading and reacting to grade level content and text using a combination of research-based strategies and interaction
The Big Three
Learn these three basic structures FIRST if you want to begin changing your classroom for the better!