#5 Cold Call a student twice in a lesson
It will make sure students don't drift off once they have had their turn
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Cold Calling students is a great alternative to asking for volunteers, becuase the teacher chooses which students to ask and therefore creates an environment where everyone has a greater incentive to think hard about the answer.
But let's imagine you have Cold Called a student called Harry early on in the lesson.
What is Harry thinking now? Probably something along the lines of:
Nice one, I have done my answer. There are another 29 students in the class to who he hasn’t asked a question yet, so I am pretty safe to have a sit-off.
And Harry is probably right to think that. As teachers, we try to ensure we hear from as many different voices in a lesson as possible, and having heard from Harry early on, we are probably going to focus our attention elsewhere.
A good way to shatter that norm is to occasionally return to a student that has previously been Cold Called. Often teachers do that when students have answered a question incorrectly, but we should also do it when students have got a question right. The key here is to make it explicit:
Harry, I would like you to answer this one. I know you have already answered a question a few minutes ago, but in this class, you could be asked a question at any time
The price we pay is we may hear from one fewer student in a lesson, but the benefit is we create an environment where all students are on their toes and thinking no matter if they have already contributed to the lesson or not.
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Review every lesson plan in terms of what the student is thinking about
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Don’t do written comments
Use examples, not definitions, when teaching & assessing
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