In the classroom, we usually only hear one student response at a time. It is nice to mix it up and get responses from each student at the same time!
5 ways to use whole class response in your lesson
- Do a quick informal assessment at the end of a lesson. Come up with 5-10 yes/no questions and ask them quickly. This will give you an idea of what to review for the next lesson.
- Do a quick informal assessment at the beginning of a lesson. Ask 5-10 review questions from the day before.
- Use these as an introduction to your lesson by asking questions that give you information about your students’ prior knowledge. For example, if you are getting ready to do a writing project, ask them questions related to the topic. This will get their minds focused on the content.
- Have the students use these with each other in small groups. One student can be the “teacher” and come up with questions related to the topic. Allow students to take turns being the teacher.
- Ask opinion questions about the book you are reading, field trip you went on, assembly, holiday, etc. There are certain events that every student wants to talk about! This is a great way for them all to give a response without having everyone talk at once.
How to avoid everyone giving the same answer
Some of the questions your ask will have a correct answer. If this is the case, try one of the ideas below. You can also ask opinion questions that have no right answer. Students love this!
- Have students get their answer ready then close their eyes right before they hold up their response. It is kind of like taking a vote.
- Have the students stand in a circle facing the walls. This way they aren’t looking at each other when they answer and have a more difficult time copying each other. The trick with this is they have to remember to hold up the answer they want facing in where you are standing.
Make a class set
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- Download the free PDF and print enough color copies so you have a few extra. These print well on cardstock and tend to hold up better.
- Cut them out. Do not cut down the middle between the yes/no. If you are at school and have access to a big paper cutter, that’s the fastest way to go. I find myself doing these projects at home and love this little paper cutter!
- Fold along the line between the yes and no.
- Cover the white side with glue. A glue stick works really well.
- Place the popsicle stick about ⅓ of the way up in the middle of one side.
- Press the yes and no together.
- Use them with your students!
I would love to hear how you use these with your class!