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Creating an Actively Engaged Classroom

Creating an Actively Engaged Classroom
14 Strategies for Student Success

June 2021 | 160 pages | Corwin

Make your lessons interesting, interactive, and engaging

Successful lessons are explicit, yet also inspire active learning and opportunities to respond. As the one shaping lessons, can you do better? Probably, and you’re not alone. Research shows teachers consistently offer students far fewer than the recommended opportunities to respond, leaving all students—including those with special needs and behavior challenges—less than engaged and falling short of their best chance for success.

With this book, you’ll discover 14 strategies you can translate directly to your classroom, complete with descriptions, advantages and disadvantages of each, and how and when best to use them. Divided into three parts, you will be guided through

  • Verbal engagement strategies, such as whip around, choral responding, quick polls, and individual questioning
  • Non-verbal engagement strategies, such as stop and jot, guided notes, response cards, and hand signals
  • Partner and teaming strategies, such as turn & talk, cued retell, four corners, and classroom mingle

Dive into these strategies and transform your classroom into a rich and interactive environment—no matter the subject, context, or age of your students.

Introduction: Student Engagement and Teacher Responsibility
Section I: Verbal Engagement Strategies
Whip Around
Quick Poll
Choral Responding
Individual Questioning Strategies for Student Response
Section II: Nonverbal Engagement Strategies
Stop and Jot
Guided Notes
Response Cards
Colored Choice

Multiple Choice


Response Slates and Whiteboards

Hand Signals
Fist to Five

Fingers for Numbers

Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down

Section III: Partner and Team Engagement Strategies
Turn and Talk
Cued Retell
Numbered Heads Together
Four Corners
Classroom Mingle
Conclusion: Putting It All Together
A. Stop-and-Jot Template—Elementary
B. Stop-and-Jot Template—Secondary
C. Response Card Templates
D. Fist-to-Five Visual
E. Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down Visual
F. Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down/Thumbs Sideways Visual
G. Cued-Retell Sheet
H. OTR Data Collection Form—Overall OTR Only
I. OTR Data Collection Form—Individual/Group OTR–Specific Strategies Used

Jeremy Todd Whitney

Todd Whitney is an Assistant Professor of Special Education in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Louisville. He received his Ph.D. in Special Education with an emphasis in learning and behavioral disorders from the University of Louisville. He has taught special education methods, assessment, and classroom management courses for almost 10 years across three universities (Kentucky and Tennessee). His research areas of interest include evidence-based academic and behavioral interventions for students with disabilities and the effective use of evidence-based instructional practices to increase... More About Author

Justin Cooper

Justin T. Cooper is an Associate Professor and Assistant Department Chair in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Louisville. He received his Ed.D. in Special Education with an emphasis in learning and behavioral disorders from the University of Kentucky. He is a Past President of the Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders, a division of the Council for Exceptional Children. He conducts trainings for schools and school districts in the area of effective instruction and behavior management. His research interests include teacher preparation, the effects of teacher behavior on student behavior,... More About Author

Terrance M. Scott

Terrance M. Scott is a senior principal education researcher at the Stanford Research Institute (SRI). Before joining SRI in 2020, Dr. Scott spent 24 years as a professor and researcher in special education. He began his career as a counselor in residential treatment and has worked with students with challenging behaviors across a variety of settings. Since receiving his PhD in Special Education at the University of Oregon in 1994, Dr. Scott has written over 100 publications, has conducted well more than 1,000 presentations and training activities throughout the United States and across the world, and has successfully competed for... More About Author

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