Here’s a simple way to support, motivate and hold students accountable for participation in discussions.
1. Use this sheet or create one with sentence starters relevant to your students’ needs.
2. Place the sheet in the middle of a group work table so that all can see it.
3. Explain to students that you want them using these statements today. If they use the sentence, they get to put their initials in one of the boxes. (There are enough boxes for small groups of 7. Add boxes if you have larger groups.)
4. Throughout the lesson, remind students that they can use the sentences on the sheet to enter into the discussion.
My co-teachers and I used this today with five different classes, 15 groups in all. Many students who are typically quiet jumped right into the conversation and were excited to initial the box.