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March 12, 2012

There Are No Stupid Questions, But...

It's fine to encourage students to speak up by telling them there are no stupid questions. Yet students' willingness to ask questions has less to do with us encouraging them to do so than how we respond when they actually do ask questions. Unfortunately, teachers often respond to questions in w...

January 23, 2012

Formative Assessment Efficiency, Summative Assessment Proficiency

I'm often surprised when teachers are surprised when their students perform poorly on tests. Sure there are kids whose scores belie their skills, such as those who have test anxiety or had a bad day or took the test on an empty stomach. For the most part, though, students' performance on tests is pr...

September 25, 2011

Cold Call Protocol

In previous posts I explained when and why it's better to ask students questions using cold calling rather than hand raising or choral response. Now, here are some tips on how to use cold calling: Call on students equally yet randomly. Some teachers rely on memory to do this. Others place Popsicle s...

June 19, 2011

Quest for the Best Questioning Strategy: Cold Calling vs. Choral Response

In my last post I declared cold calling the hands down winner over hand raising when it comes to engaging and assessing students, and preparing them for future endeavors. Now cold calling takes on another challenger in the quest for the best questioning strategy: choral response. Choral response ...

June 10, 2011

Quest for the Best Questioning Strategy: Cold Calling vs. Hand Raising

A lot of students shrugged their shoulders when I called on them to answer questions at the beginning of the year. Others mumbled, "I don't know." Then there were those kids who let me have it: "Man, I don't know. Stop calling on me!" But I never did stop calling on them. And after a few weeks, mos...



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