Friday, April 12, 2013

All eyes on…”Student Engagement!”

Another amazing week! Thank goodness for WBT!

One of our newest strategies refocuses on calling students to share responses in class. While circulating among students during a Teach-Okay set, note students who are highly engaged and sharing great information with their partners. Lean over to that student(s) and say, “Great job! I may be calling on you later to share with the class.”

Call the class back with, “Class!” and wait for their response, “Yes!” Repeat the question from the previous discussion. Now point to a student you spoke to earlier and say, “All eyes on Sam!” Class responds, “All eyes on Sam!” while turning to look at Sam. Sam rises quickly and says, “Class!” Class responds, “Yes!” Sam says, “Mirror, Words!” Class says, “Mirror, Words!”

Sam answers question, using gestures and pausing to allow class to echo and mirror his complete sentence answer. You may encourage him to give additional details and examples by spinning your pointer fingers around each other. You are always looking to encourage critical thinking from your students. When Sam is finished, there should be some major Ten Finger Wooos! At this point, you may decide to call on another student to respond, or proceed on with your 5 Step Lesson.

If you have had the opportunity to try this in your class, please share with us!


First Grade Carousel said...

I love WBT! Just began using it this year. I also love the flowers on your blog.
First Grade Carousel

Nancy Stoltenberg Director of WBT Certification said...

Hi Maria!
Love your blog...just started following! So glad to hear you are using WBT in your class! Have you checked out the certification FB pages? Here is the link for 1st grade, but feel free to join up with any of them!
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love2bMrsB said...

I'm so excited to have found your blog! We're practically neighbors, I live in Ridgecrest! It's exciting to hear about other wibbeteers in the desert! I've been using WBT for just over a year now and I'm excited to start my journey to certification! I'm hoping to move to 2nd grade next year, so this blog will be a great tool!

Nancy Stoltenberg Director of WBT Certification said...

Wow! We are "neighbors'!! Send me your blog address! I would love to help you through the certification process!!

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