Random Name - choosing students randomly to answer questions
Questioning Strategies - using a variety of question types throughout your lesson
Another teacher who is focusing on the same element shared a cup system for managing response rates with me. You use a stack of cups (1 red, 1 green, 1 yellow) at each students seat. Students move the cups to show how they are doing with the lesson. If red is out the are having a hard time, yellow a question, green are good to go. I adapted this idea to work for my classroom.
These are plain index cards cut in half. The three colors are post-it flags. Mine aren't actually post-it brand, you can find a similar product at Dollar Tree. I call them stoplight cards.
I keep them with the rest of the supplies students use during lessons.
Each team has it's own set of baskets with materials.
What is great about using this system....
I have heard questions that students would not otherwise have asked in a group setting. It's interesting to hear their concerns or misconceptions about rhythm, melody or recorder technique.
2. One on One
I don't feel like I get enough one on one time with my students. It's hard on my schedule to ensure a quality music experience, while hitting benchmarks and monitoring students progress! I'm sure you feel the same way. I often find myself sacrificing this one on one time in order to get as many experiences in as possible. I've learned that slowing down is important. It's great to hear from individuals so that I can truly understand their strengths and weaknesses.
3. Ah Hah! moments
Remember those misconceptions I talked about. It's important to hear those because I can better my teaching through understanding where my students are getting hung up.
How do you manage student response rates in your classroom?