Happy Saturday everyone! I survived my first week of school, woohoo. But by last night I was very tired and I had a hard time getting myself motivated to get things going this morning. I am not sure if that is after effects from the week or the fact that it has been raining all day!
I thought I would take a minute to link up with Joanne at Head Over Heels for Teaching for her weekly linky....
Have you read her post today? It makes me wish she taught my children!!
Today I just wanted to share something I will be introducing next week (can't introduce everything the first week - too many routines and we would never actually get any work done :) ). I was at a workshop last year and one of the teachers mentioned she used some game show lingo to help her students when they are answering questions, sharing their thinking or responding to texts etc. I loved this idea! I watch Who Wants to Be a Millionaire occasionally with my girls in the summer and we watch Cash Cab - so I used a combination of these game show options to make cards.
|Ask a Friend - they can ask someone near them for their answer or idea to help them form their own answer.|
Ask an Expert - they can ask me for some help.
|ABC - I can give them 3 options to choose from.|
Look it Up - they can use Google or a book to look for an answer.
|Skip the Question - gives them the option of skipping the question|
Shout Out - let some classmates shout out their answers or ideas before they give their answer/idea
I printed them out on cardstock and put peel and stick magnetic tape on the back (I have run out of magnetic sheets). I will put them on my chart stand when we gather for lessons and discussions.
I hope these cards will help motivate some of my less enthusiastic participants in lessons and discussions. I have a great group of students who are eager to share but I know that I have some that are a little less confident in their answers and ideas. I hope these cards give them some options so that when I call on them they just don't use the standard "I don't know". Obviously all the cards don't work for every situation and I would not let a student choose Skip the Question every time - they are just a tool to help every one participate with a little more confidence. I'll be back to let you know how they are working for me. I was thinking you could also put them on a binder ring if you did not want to do the magnet thing...
If you want a copy for your classroom head over to my Facebook page - they are my current Fan Freebie.