-Response management technique to encourage students who do not often contribute, and limit students who contribute too much to discussions.
This week I am going to implement a new strategy that I have never used before. I am going to use this with my 3rd grade Title 1 groups. What struck me about this strategy is that it answers the questions that I consistently have with all of my groups. What do you do when one or two students do all of the talking/answering and the others don't say or get to anything? Well, this appears to be the perfect "high yield" strategy. I get several benefits from it including giving everyone a chance to answer a question or tell a story, it also helps to keep track of who has and has not had a chance to share, everyone needs to share something, and it lets the student be in control of when they want to use there chips.
I have been using the talking chips with each of my small groups this week. I explain to them they can use it to answer any question they want or tell a story about the topic we are exploring. The strategy is seems to be fun for the kids. They are excited to get there chips. Having the chips gives them something to fidget with which has been OK so far. The children differ in that some use theirs up right away answering questions and story telling and others wait to use them to the end. They are thinking more about the questions rather than just spitting out just anything that comes to their mind. The discussion seems to be more thoughtful. It really is helping curb some of the students who talk all the time and share a story abut everything. The strategy is forcing them to think and listen more than talk. I can see another way to use the chips as well. I want to try and have different students facilitate the discussion by being the questioner and chip taker. More modeling needs to happen first though. Overall, this strategy has been fun and is producing more thoughtful discussions with all students sharing.