How often do those 3 or 4 kids just seem to be zoned out? These tips will help to draw them back in and keep them on their toes.
The ideas will also help you keep the attention of the entire class.
Tip #1: Use an attention signal
Tip #2: Re-focus with color switches, fresh starts, and seat rotations
Tip #3: Use student response cards
Download student response cards here. Print on colored paper so you can identify responses at a glance.
Tip #4: Have students "tag" ideas
Students love to be "woken up" by a call to the board to do what I call a "slap-on" to show that they have been paying attention. You can have them identify key vocabulary, the most important points, common mistakes, formulas, and more!
Add some action to your daily notes!
Grab the download: printable "slap-on" tags for your board.
Tip #5: Squeeze in! Accommodate everyone at the board
In a classroom with boards all along two walls, I have had success with bringing the entire class at the board all at once. I notice a big difference in attention and motivation when students work at the board. No one is uncomfortable having their work "on display" if everyone is there together. They are more likely to ask for help as you walk around because their work is visible. The students really enjoy this format and are much more engaged.
Feel free to leave a comment to share your own ideas for increasing student engagement!
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2/23/2016 08:22:52 pm
Thanks so much, Leslie!
2/25/2016 03:53:46 pm
I like these ideas! I wish I could use the "squeeze everyone in" tip, but we have an MX800 that requires a pen... so only one person can be working up there at a time.
2/25/2016 04:18:06 pm
You're welcome! Thanks so much, Kristine!
2/28/2016 08:39:11 pm
Thanks so much, Lauren!
3/6/2016 09:27:21 am
I love these ideas! Thank you. I'm going to start using them tomorrow!
3/6/2016 03:44:29 pm
Awesome! You're welcome, Maggie! :) So glad you can try some of these this week. Sometimes the little changes make a big difference. Hope it helps! Thanks so much,
3/24/2016 09:08:32 pm
Este es un exelente trabajo, gracias por compartir éste material.Los maestros necesitamos de este tipo de material para animar a nuestros estudiantes y a nosotros los maestros.Bendiciones.
8/5/2016 05:59:35 am
I love the idea of the student response cards. If you have not yet been introduced to Jo Boaler's work on Mathematical Mindset and mixed ability classrooms, check it out. I think the cards would work well for differentiation. I was wondering how you use these cards. Do you make and distribute to each student? Do they keep and bring to class every day? Please explain. Thanks.
8/5/2016 08:15:15 pm
10/14/2016 03:07:33 pm
Thanks so much, Baye! I really appreciate that! :)
1/21/2017 11:32:12 pm
I just discovered your ideas on Pinterest, TpT, and now this blog, and I LOVE ALL of it!!! I'm in blog heaven! Today, I am officially no longer a first-year middle school math teacher! Yay for year 2!
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1/23/2017 09:09:51 pm
Thank you so much for the suggestions! I had a new student aide for the first time today, and I had her label and number EVERYTHING!
12/20/2021 01:44:00 am
Wow, normally when I read school tips or suggestions, they are so silly. Many are definitely useless, as they’d only work on a utopia, but yours were so cleaver. Thank you!
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