Ready, Set, Engage

Five Quick Tips for Engaging Students at the Beginning of Class

  1. Explain how students’ time will be spent during the period. Begin each class with a clear explanation of the outcomes/objectives for that period and visually display objectives/outcomes for all students to see.
  2. Engage students by providing high rates of opportunities for all students to respond (thumbs up, individual white boards, pre‐made response cards, choral responding, gestures, etc.).
  3. Incorporate movement and physical responses.
  4. Positively interact with students during instruction; aim for one positive interaction every 5 minutes and at least a 4 to 1 ratio of positive replacing negative staff/student interactions.
  5. Conduct smooth and efficient transitions by having materials ready to quickly engage students and preparing filler activities (just in case).

© NJCIE, 2012


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