By Beth Jervis Perazzo
#participation Well, I think I've finally found a way to get my freshman students to participate instead of just stare at me when I ask a question. I took the idea from a game called "Name 5." I have dry erase markers and boards for them to write on (which I took out of my game "Likewise" but any white board will do) and I have 2 to 3 on a team.
At various points in the lesson I will ask the questions in the form of something like "Try to name at least 5 ways we can strengthen our testimonies." They write down some answers and then share with each other what they put down, especially if it's an answer no one else has on their board. I've asked about 4 questions a lesson in this manner.
The first day I brought little treats and the winning team got to choose first, but everyone got a treat. Yesterday and today I didn't really keep track of the score and no treats were given.
I don't know that I'll do this every day, but I have gotten many more answers from them this week than usual, so I'm counting it a success.
If anyone else has any other methods they use, I'd love to hear them.
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