It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. – Albert Einstein
Have you used any of the items in the above picture in your classroom? It is our job as educators to help get students engaged in the learning process. We can hook students into our lesson and have them actively participating and really want to be in our classes. Using the instructional strategy of adding thinking prompts to your lessons will improve time-on-task, but you should also see results on their formative assessments.
For more information on how to use this strategy in your classroom, please click on read more below.
Thinking prompts are devices that provoke conversation, dialogue and deep thought within your classroom. If used correctly, they can promote dialogue, help students make connections, provide background knowledge, and engage students.
Our days are so full already; you might be asking yourself, “Can I really add one more thing?” Yes, you can. It is so worth it to create that engaging, problem-solving, community of learners which will help them retain content and actively participate in your classroom.
The key is to use effective thinking prompts in the classroom. When creating a list or coming up with various thinking prompts you might want to keep these things in mind:
In the video below, Wendy Hopf and Jim Knight discuss thinking prompts and effective questions.
Remember, video clips are one effective way to use thinking prompts in your classroom, but effective thinking prompts are not limited to just video clips.
Using thinking prompts in the classroom will help cognitively engage students in the subject (Indicator 1.2). The teacher will be using the thinking prompt strategy to promote thinking and engage students in conversations about the content. Teachers will also be increasing critical thinking (Indicator 4.1) by allowing discussion to take place after looking at a thinking prompt. The key is to allow students to express their thinking in a meaningful way by applying it to their world. By allowing students the time to discuss and guide the discussion, they will be more engaged and motivated (Indicator 5.1) to participate.
Post by: Christy Harris | Lewis Elementary Instructional Coach
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