Looking for ways to get your students engaged? One of the routines I absolutely love for participation and creating a culture of respect and rapport is the wonderful 10-finger woo.
When students answer a question correctly, have a thoughtful question, or make a valid connection, we love giving 10 finger woos. There are a few reasons why I love 10 finger woos:
- Who wouldn’t want all eyes and hands pointing at them to celebrate wonderful contributions to our classroom? This is a way to truly celebrate your students as a community!
- My students have no down time using this technique. They are constantly engaged in discussion because at any moment they might have to give a 10 finger woo to a classmate.
- Movement is everything. Every few minutes students need movement (I need movement too!). Giving 10 finger woos keeps their brains activated, their heart pumping, and their focus ready.
Here’s the little trick for compliance in 10 finger woos. Some sixth graders think they’re too cool or too tired sometimes. You know what? We do it over and over again until I get 100% participation. Sometimes I feel like a drill sergeant but they get the point in no time. Keep your expectations high and students will fall into place.
To change up the 10-finger woo, we also give “snap-crackle-pops”. It is my goal this year to come up with even more so my students are always surprised. Click below to play!
On the flipside, when students are struggling, get an answer incorrect, or fumble through their words, our class is ready to pick them up, dust them off, and move on. We do this by saying “It’s cool” and throw our hands in that student’s direction. I say it first, and others follow. However, there have been many times when my students initiate it (even towards me!) which creates a fantastic community that says it’s okay to make mistakes. It’s part of our learning process! It’s cool, so let’s move on. Click below to play!
Mistakes are bound to happen. If a student or I make a mistake or have an incorrect answer, a simple “It’s cool!” from the class moves us forward and reminds us that we’re all human. Simple as that. ✨ #iteachsixth #teachersofinstagram #teachersofig #iteachtoo #iteach456 #teachersfollowteachers #teach
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