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Engagement Strategy: (Stand, Share and Sit):

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Sometimes students sit idle for long periods of time. Consider this strategy when you may be doing a lecture. Not only does this get the blood flowing but also this strategy gets students listening ...more
Engagement Strategy (Different Colored-Text)

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Instead of reading out loud to students change the color of the text. This helps students not be idle during long periods of times. The teacher then reads one font color and the entire class reads the other color font. 
Engagement Strategy: (Call and Response):

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The purpose of these is to build resilience in students. You have to build grit, perseverance. It is easy to give up if students don’t have hope. The purpose of these is so that auditory learners ...more
Real-World Cafe

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Word Bank

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When you give students a writing task give them a word bank.  Tell them to see how many of the vocabulary words they can use in their response.  Have students express their thinking, make a personal connection, contextualize their learning, and be metacognitive about what they learn. Click HERE for a list of grade-appropriate words.
Note Taking Using Layering, and Philosophical Chairs:

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  • Create a T-chart

  • On one side have students write negative comments about the article and on the other side positive.  Tell students as they read they are writing both positives and negatives.  

  • Take turns sharing and the rest of the group will add new information that is shared on their notes.  If someone offers a similar idea then they can check that same idea.

  • Next do “Philosophical chairs” by giving students a question and then lining them up facing each other by based on their viewpoint.  Each child can take turn using sentence frames to agree or disagree with the arguments.
Philosophical Chairs

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Frayer Model

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Click HERE to learn more about the Frayer Model
Collaborative Groups:

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  1. Have Partner A read a paragraph and then both students summarize the paragraph in 1 sentence.  Each partner reads their sentence to each other and students compare both sentences to each other.  Partner B then reads the next paragraph.  

  2. Partner A shares their summary and then Partner B repeats everything back that they said.  Then Partner B shares and then Partner A repeats back everything that was said.
Students Learn In Different Ways

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Click HERE for an assessment of students' learning styles.
"4 Corners"

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Pose a question to students.  Instead of speaking with their elbow partners have them “Jot down some ideas” and then have them go to a corner in the room to share with a group.  Let students know which corner is assigned to them.  Have students change their answer as they hear new information from their peers.  Students come back to their group and then they can all stand.  After they share students can then sit down one at a time with their group.  

This is an important strategy because it increases comprehension as well as gets students moving around the room so that they don’t sit idle for long periods of time.