No Excuses! - A Documentary on Quality Physical Education
QUALITY PHYSICAL EDUCATION ADVOCACY
EFFECTIVE TEACHING STRATEGIES
Strategies for Asking Questions
- 3 Most Common Misunderstandings: List the three most common misunderstandings of a given topic based on an audience of your peers.
- 3 Questions: Ask three questions about the topic, then rank them in terms of their importance/value.
- 5 Whys: After a response is given, ask the student(s) "why?" Repeat the process with subsequent answers, up to 5 times.
- Agreement/Disagreement: When a student answers a question posed to the class, ask the remaining students "Who agrees (or disagrees) with that answer." When students raise their hand in agreement (or disagreement), ask one of them "Why do you agree (or disagree)?"
- Corners: Each classroom corner represents a different answer or view on a different question or theory. When a question or topic is being discussed, each student goes to the corner that best represents his or her answer. Based on classroom discussion, students can move from corner to corner adjusting their answer or opinion.
- Dos and Don’ts: List 3 Dos and 3 Don’ts when using, applying, or relating to the content.
- Exit Slip: Question they must answer to leave class.
- Jigsaw: Each student from each group picks the question they want to answer, they find other students that picked the same question and come to consensus, and then bring the answer back to the original group.
- Think-Pair-Share: Students think about the question, share their response with another student, and then possibly share with the class. See these alternatives to think-pair-share.
- Walk and Talk: Pair or group up students and have them go on a walk while they discuss the provided questions.
- Yes/No Chart: List what you do and don’t understand about a given topic.
Techniques for Increasing Student Participation
Techniques for Listening - Active Listening
It is important that your students feel heard. Use the following guidelines to improve your active listening skills or Test Your Active Listening Skills Here.
1. Pay Attention: Look at the speaker directly; Listen to the message without forming a rebuttal; Avoid environmental distractions; “Listen” to the speaker’s body language.
2. Show that you are Listening: Give non-verbal messages that your are listening; Ensure your posture is open and inviting; Encourage the speaker to continue using small verbal comments.
3. Provide Feedback: Reflect what has been said by paraphrasing; Ask questions to clarify certain points; Periodically summarize the speaker’s comments.
4. Defer Judgment & Respond Appropriately: Allow the speaker to finish; Don’t interrupt with counterarguments; Be honest and respectful in your response.
Considerations When Choosing Questions