ENGAGING CHILDREN THOUGH HIGH-QUALITY CONVERSATIONS. USING RESEARCH-BASED STRATEGIES
Technique 1#: I do/ We do/ You do
When teaching a child a new skill, this strategy will work well in a small group or one-on-one. First, you demonstrate the skill and have the child watch. Use a key phrase while modeling. For example; showing how to trace the letter a on a salt tray and saying "around, up, down." Repeat this a few times. Second, take the child's hand and guide him to trace the letter a while repeating the phrase. Encourage the child the to say the phrase as well. Third, once the child is ready to try on their own, have them trace the letter and say the phrase without any support. If the child struggles, then practice together again.
This instruction may need to be repeated the following day, but using less modeling time and more opportunities to do it together or for them to practice independently. Watch their confidence grow!
Technique #2: No Opting Out- Circle Back
Technique #3: Stretch It- Ask for Another Answer
Technique #4: Format Matters- Complete Sentences
Technique #5: Without Apology- Making it Exciting
Technique #6: Begin with the End
Technique #7: Post It- Share Your Academics
Kristie Chaffee | Maple Grove, MN 55369 | 320.267.1701