The Progression

November 2015

Why use partner talks?

In any lesson it is important that all children are fully involved in the learning activities if they are to make the best progress. The use of ‘talk partners’ as a strategy means that all children get the opportunity to think, discuss and express themselves orally. Some children may feel more confident when expressing their ideas in a paired situation, rather than to the whole class, when the fear of getting a question wrong may actually restrict their learning.

The "Partner Pad", pictured above, is a great tool to use with talk partners. Kudos to Ms. Berglund and Ms. Moore for giving Partner Pads a try with their students. If interested in more information, just get with Mrs. Hooper.

Good Times at Fairview!!!

7 Ways to Increase Engagement

1. Use the 10:2 method

  • For every 10 minutes of instruction allow the students 2 minutes to process and respond to instruction.

2. Incorporate movement into your lessons.

  • Require students to respond to a question by moving to a certain spot in the room, writing on whiteboards, or using GoNoodle to review.

3. Pick up the pace.

  • One misconception is that we must go slow for students to really understand in engage in the lesson. There is a lot of evidence that shows that when teaching is at brisk instructional pace, students have more opportunities to engage, respond, and move on to the next concept. (Carnine & Fink, 1978; Williams, 1993; Ernsbarger er al., 2001)

4. Provide frequent and effective feedback.

5. Allow students 5-7 seconds of "think time" when asking a question.

6. At the end of the lesson have students use the 3-2-1 method of summarizing.

  • 3 things they learned; 2 interesting things; 1 question they have about what was taught.

7. Periodically pause mid-sentence when teaching requiring students to fill in the blanks.

7 Ways to Cure the Blurts!

Children learn to blurt out what's on their minds. Sometimes they learn to do so because we teach it, and sometimes they learn it because we fail to teach them how not to. Check out the following link for an article with 7 tips to help stop children from blurting out:

Getting "Appy" with it!

This month's free app is called "Teaching Number Lines". Little Monkey Apps Number Lines helps to introduce the concept of number lines to young students through the use of cute little frogs that make steps and leaps. The app aims to visualize numbers for rote counting and ordering and to see the physical position of a number linking patterns and relationships. Check out the following link if interested: