The English Classroom

A HELPFUL GUIDE FOR PRESERVICE TEACHERS

The Situation

You want your students to feel accountable for their learning and contributions in class.

The Solution

Discussion is fantastic in a English classroom! A Numbered Heads Together activity is a great way to get students discussing positively and coming to group consensus on a topic. Here are the instructions for Numbered Heads Together:

  1. Students number off 1-4.
  2. Teacher asks question to students.
  3. Students stand up, think, discuss and write down ideas.
  4. Teams sit down once they are done.
  5. Teacher calls a number at random. That number will answer.

To build in more safety, you might like to get a randomiser app that will choose a number. This will ensure that students do not feel that you are not ‘picking on them’, but rather the computer/iPad is.

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