When a response is taking longer than expected, be patient and do not offer help too early. Refrain from adding information to students’ answers. Let students complete their responses on their own.
Consider repeating the answer back to students so they can listen and find what is missing and further correct their response.
Encourage students to use anchor charts to support their answers. Teachers can also provide cues to help students move from an incomplete response to a 100% correct answer.
Good teachers accept words students are already familiar with as right answers, but great teachers push for precise academic vocabulary. This approach strengthens students’ vocabulary and better prepares them for college.
Stretch It is a practice that extends student understanding by asking further probing questions. It also helps teachers to ensure that student responses are more reliable and motivates students to apply knowledge in new situations, make real world connections, and/or engage with questions that are more challenging.