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How do you make reading fun?
Turn & Talk
For example, prompting students to Turn & Talk during whole-class instruction is an easy engagement strategy that is focused and efficient. In as little as 10 seconds, students can collaborate with a nearby classmate to orally try the skills being taught.
Every Student Responds
An effective way to address this issue and foster engagement from the entire class is with “Every-Student-Responses” (ESRs). With this strategy, the teacher uses a variety of techniques to prompt the entire class to respond at the same time. Depending on the topic or skill, this could include hand signals known as “talk moves” or holding up individual “answer” cards. The beauty of ESRs is that they keep all students on their toes, engaged and learning.
Movement goes beyond a “brain break.” Incorporate the new thinking you are teaching with the movement—this helps students better grasp the content. Walk & Talk and Timed Mingle all offer short bursts of physical movement that keep students mentally engaged with the skill.
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