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We typically teach classes that are 52 minutes long. During our testing coming up we have our classes for two hour blocks. What suggestions and ideas do you have to keep the students engaged for a two hour period?

Apr 23, 2014 10:02am

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    • May 5, 2014 10:05am

      Implement the Readers/Writers workshop model. This allows you to teach a mini-lesson and then work with flexible small groups to differentiate instruction.

      • Apr 24, 2014 11:19am


        Two hours is awesome for thematic units. Choose a topic the students are into and select many different text sets, videos, Powerpoints, etc... that will delve deep into the topic under study. Then, choose a standard and allow students to demonstrate understanding of that topic. I always like to provide students with choices because then they are more engaged in the process. Here's an example of a prompt I provided when we were reading texts in ELA:

        Hope this helps,

        • May 3, 2014 8:59am

          Study Harry Wong, Fred Jones, and Inquiry Learning. You can adapt to anything that's thrown at you. But it's your attitude, effort, and reflection that decides the outcome. Best wishes.

          • May 4, 2014 5:15pm

            I always start with an Activating Strategy that is either a YouTube Video in reference to my Essential Question or introduction to a new concept. I use the You Tube as a teaching tool. Vocabulary is very important in science and being able to break down words for them to understand I bring in language arts. Students learn prefixes, suffixes and inference clues to enable them to figure out new vocabulary. I also use a graphic organizer, where students will write the word, definition and draw a picture of the word. I use technology for them to explore and do research as well as Power Points, interactive activities, partner projects and science probes to ensure students are gaining and grasping new knowledge,

            • May 4, 2014 5:16pm

              We are also testing during that time. We do not have an option of teaching curriculum.

              • May 4, 2014 5:18pm

                I like to use stations that cover a variety of concepts that have been taught are we are in the process of teaching. It gives them 20 minutes per station and time for them to be engaged and move around as well.

                • May 5, 2014 6:42am

                  KIt Orlowski
                  May 5, 2014

                  Have the students dig deeper by giving them open ended questions. They will have opportunities to discuss with peers, research via ipads, etc. and share their expertise after rotating through the questions. OR Use the QFT (Question Formulation Technique) With QFT, you allow the students to come up with 20 questions about a topic within a limited amount of time within small groups. Then have them read each one and decide which ones are "closed" or "open" (mark each with either a "C" or an "O"). The closed questions do not require more than a yes or no whereas the open questions require thought and research. After they have that task finished, they choose the 3 most important to their group and they use them for their inquiry. It puts the ball in their court, and gives you insight into what THEY want to know and learn. Good luck.

                  • May 20, 2014 8:26pm

                    Movement is the key for continuous engagement. The first five minutes could be devoted to writing a sentence about a topic to be discussed. It should have 20-25 words observing participial or infinitive phrases. The next five minutes would be for sharing it aloud with a partner. For the low group, sentences can be written on the board for a whole group analysis before letting them do the pair- share work. The next 20 minutes would be a group work called 'fill me in with your thoughts' chart. If it is about a theme on responsibility, let them complete the web by defining it, giving examples, and providing consequences if not observed. Let them post each on the wall. The next activity would be a 30-minute reading activity applying strategies such as highlighting details, paraphrasing, and note taking for each paragraph read. 5 minutes of which is the think-aloud teacher modeling for the first paragraph just to ensure they know what to do.The last part is the activity called "reporting for duty.' Group them with five members in each. Each group will be assigned a paragraph to concentrate on. The next 30 minutes would be a regrouping where each group is represented. Each will share thoughts in 10 minutes. After which they return to the old group to report for duty. The remaining minutes would be a reflection or a summary of the text done by the whole group.
                    Just be clear in giving directions and this set of activities become only successful if done already in the past. Scaffolding and familiarization with the activities count a lot.

                    Hope this in anyway could help you.