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The Student Response System as an Effective Verbal Strategy to Check for Student Understanding

By |April 12th, 2022|Categories: English Language Learners (ELLs), Math Instruction, Reading/ELA Instruction, Science Instruction, Special Education, STEM & STEAM, Teaching Strategies, Testing Strategies & Prep, Writing Instruction|Tags: , , , , |

A simple verbal strategy to check for student understanding throughout your lesson is the Student Response System and is the focus of this article. This strategy presents questioning prompts in multiple-choice or true-false format for students to answer in real-time. Students will respond to the prompts using pre-made cards with A, B, C, D, True, False, or other information to indicate their selection of an answer choice displayed on the board. The student response system can be prepared easily by cutting out printed cards, laminating them, and making them available to each student in your classroom. If you have it available at your school, there are also electronic versions of this student response system, commonly known as Clickers. Physical devices may be available for use at your school, or you may have an app or website that you can access to employ an online student response system.

Constant Time Delay: 3 Simple Steps to Help Your Students Master Multiplication Facts

By |June 3rd, 2020|Categories: Math Instruction, STEM & STEAM, Teaching Strategies|Tags: , |

Have you been wondering how to improve your students’ fluency in multiplication? You’re not the only one! You can help your students become more precise and accurate with their multiplication facts by using a strategy called Constant Time Delay. This article will discuss this strategy and demonstrate how to incorporate it into your classroom in 3 easy steps.

Number Talks: The 10-Minute Math Exercise That Creates Expert Problem Solvers

By |October 30th, 2019|Categories: Math Instruction, Teaching Strategies|Tags: |

How might some of your students benefit if they could mentally solve math problems quicker and with more confidence, all while clearly explaining their thinking and strategies? It all starts in the first ten minutes of your math lesson with a Number Talk! This article will show you how you can implement Number Talks with your students in as little as five steps, as well as provide example routines and problems that are ready to be used in your next math lesson.

Opening Minds with Open Ended Math Problems in the Primary Classroom

By |December 21st, 2018|Categories: Math Instruction, Teaching Strategies|Tags: , , , |

Wait, so, what is the RIGHT answer?” “Sarah got a different answer than I did…how can we BOTH be right?” You will most likely hear all kinds of responses like this when you start to incorporate open-ended math activities into your classroom. At first, they’ll probably make your students look at you as if you have two heads. But, these kinds of reactions will begin to subside once your students have been exposed to the idea that there are many ways to solve problems, even math problems! Encouraging this kind of “endless possibility” thinking is an effective way to teach your students to challenge themselves and think outside of the “normal” problem solving thinking.

Analyzing The Rigor of Your Math or Science Lesson

By |July 6th, 2017|Categories: Math Instruction, Science Instruction, Teaching Strategies|Tags: |

This summer, take a look back at the way you structured your lesson content and analyzed word problems in math and science.  We’ll review a few areas you should consider when selecting problems for your students and determining how to deliver the lesson content in an appropriate way, aligned to the required depth for the standards.   This content corresponds to page one of our math & Science Lesson Analyzer and Lesson Plan.  Continue reading to download the Lesson Analyzer & Lesson Plan.

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