Equitable Classroom Practices

Item 11 on the list of Equitable Classroom Practices from Montgomery County Schools in Maryland is “Uses random response strategies.”  Some teachers put students’ names on sticks and draw a stick to determine which student to call on during discussions.  This strategy can be adapted to work on math skills.
  • Give each student a numeral that they need to practice reading.
  • The teacher has another set of the numerals given to the children.
  • Call on children by reading a numeral.
  • You can also call on a student who has the number before or after a number you say.
  • Work on combinations to 5, 10 or 20 by giving students 5-, 10-, or 20-frames.  Call on students by saying, “What goes with 6 to make 10?”  This can also be done with bare numbers.
  • I’m sure you can think of many ways to adapt this based on the needs of your students.

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