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Creating an Actively Engaged Classroom

Creating an Actively Engaged Classroom
14 Strategies for Student Success

June 2021 | 160 pages | Corwin

Make your lessons interesting, interactive, and engaging

Successful lessons are explicit, yet also inspire active learning and opportunities to respond. As the one shaping lessons, can you do better? Probably, and you’re not alone. Research shows teachers consistently offer students far fewer than the recommended opportunities to respond, leaving all students—including those with special needs and behavior challenges—less than engaged and falling short of their best chance for success.

With this book, you’ll discover 14 strategies you can translate directly to your classroom, complete with descriptions, advantages and disadvantages of each, and how and when best to use them. Divided into three parts, you will be guided through

  • Verbal engagement strategies, such as whip around, choral responding, quick polls, and individual questioning
  • Non-verbal engagement strategies, such as stop and jot, guided notes, response cards, and hand signals
  • Partner and teaming strategies, such as turn & talk, cued retell, four corners, and classroom mingle

Dive into these strategies and transform your classroom into a rich and interactive environment—no matter the subject, context, or age of your students.

Introduction: Student Engagement and Teacher Responsibility
Section I: Verbal Engagement Strategies
Whip Around
Quick Poll
Choral Responding
Individual Questioning Strategies for Student Response
Section II: Nonverbal Engagement Strategies
Stop and Jot
Guided Notes
Response Cards
Colored Choice

Multiple Choice


Response Slates and Whiteboards

Hand Signals
Fist to Five

Fingers for Numbers

Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down

Section III: Partner and Team Engagement Strategies
Turn and Talk
Cued Retell
Numbered Heads Together
Four Corners
Classroom Mingle
Conclusion: Putting It All Together
A. Stop-and-Jot Template—Elementary
B. Stop-and-Jot Template—Secondary
C. Response Card Templates
D. Fist-to-Five Visual
E. Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down Visual
F. Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down/Thumbs Sideways Visual
G. Cued-Retell Sheet
H. OTR Data Collection Form—Overall OTR Only
I. OTR Data Collection Form—Individual/Group OTR–Specific Strategies Used

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Creating an Actively Engaged Classroom Introduction

Creating an Actively Engaged Classroom Introduction

In this introductory excerpt from Creating an Actively Engaged Classroom, the authors discuss the importance of engagement on student learning and summarize the strategies that can be learned throughout the rest of the book.

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