Ask 3 Then Me
Lesson Objective: Ms. Yim creates a shared responsibility for learning with a simple rule
All Grades / All Subjects / Class Culture

Thought starters

  1. How does this rule affect students' reliance on their teacher?
  2. How does the hand signal help maximize instructional time?
  3. How does this rule affect Ms. Yim's class culture?
14 Comments
An adaptation might also be that one of the 3 is yourself. Ask yourself where in the room can I find the answer... on my paper, on an anchor chart, in my text or in my strategy folder?
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This is a really good technique to use as it will help children be comfortable socializing and interacting with other children. It also will help them develop skills of remembering what their task was. In a sense it will make them work on paying attention so they do not have to ask questions.
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This also builds children's social skills, support them by reminding that their peers could also answer their questions not just their teachers.
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This was the policy when I was in 2nd grade. However, my teacher explained the difference in question types for this technique. If it was a question on directions for an assignment, it was Ask 3 Before Me. If it was a concept you didn't understand or you weren't sure if you were doing it right, it was Ask 3 THEN Me. She wanted us to work collaboratively, but at the same time wanted to make sure we were doing it right. Seems like a good compromise to me.
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Sounds like a plan. students don't read procedures and try to do science labs. I'm trying this one.
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Transcripts

  • TIPS & TRICKS: Susan Yim – “Ask 3, Then Me” Program Transcript
    Susan Yim (Interview):
    A useful technique that I

    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”
    Yim (Interview):
    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!

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Cerritos Elementary School
13600 East 183rd Street
Cerritos CA 90703
Population: 692

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