TIPS & TRICKS: Susan Yim – “Ask 3, Then Me” Program Transcript
Susan Yim (Interview):
A useful technique that I use in my classroom is called “Ask 3, Then Me.”
“Ask 3 Then Me”
It’s a technique that really helps during small group time.
I will have them ask three students before they come to ask me a question.
And so, by the third student they usually have the answer to “Okay, so what are
we supposed to do next?” or “What was the direction for this particular activity?”
So once they get that answer, they don’t have to come to me.
If they see I’m working with a group and I do this, they know “Ask 3 Then Me”—I
don’t even have to say anything.
Not only does it alleviate the interruptions when I’m working with a small group so
that the small group doesn’t lose focus, but it really helps the classroom climate.
I think there’s a feeling of collaboration, of cooperation.
And I liken it to a work situation––employee and employer. You don’t go straight
to your boss every single time you have a question. You have co-workers. And
we like to build that sense of cooperation in the classroom.
Ask three, then me!