Five Quick Tips for Engaging Students at the Beginning of Class
- 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.
- 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.).
- Incorporate movement and physical responses.
- 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.
- Conduct smooth and efficient transitions by having materials ready to quickly engage students and preparing filler activities (just in case).
© NJCIE, 2012