Student Participation: How to engage your students

This toolset holds a number of resources and suggestions for engaging your students in daily lessons and increasing participation across the board.

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    Top 12 Ways to Increase Student Participation

    Call it "active learning," or "classroom participation" -- here are four common reasons students don't participate and techniques to solve those problems and spice up your lessons.

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    Card-O-Matic: Increasing Student Participation

    The Card-O-Matic is an easy way to ensure student participation and engagement in any classroom. From elementary through high school, all teachers can use this tip to keep their students engaged.

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    Cooperative Education: how does this improve participation?

    Cooperative Education allows students to work together in the classroom (sometimes in pairs). By doing so, it gives some students confidence and aid to participate when otherwise they might never raise their hand. By answering in pairs, the students who need extra time can be the second to answer and can build off their classmates' ideas. This site presents a number of scenarios (in 1st grade) in which Cooperative Ed. engages the students. 

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    Apples and ABC's: Pulling Sticks for Volunteers

    In order to ensure that everyone is participating and that you're not calling on the same children over and over, use these sticks to make sure that everyone gets an equal turn. The blue and red opposite ends can be used to remind you which students you've already called on. If you do not want the students to catch on to the color coordination, you can simply use the name sticks w/o color.

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