Behavior Management – Group – Active Student Responding

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How can we increase student motivation, buy-in and responsibility for their own learning and still keep them engaged? According to studies, active student responding can increase student success and can allow students to become more engaged in their own learning as an active participant. The idea behind active student responding is that students become responsible for their own learning by participating in activities on all levels and all students are an equal participant in the learning activities, rather than just the student who is called on or raises his or her hand. This technique has been shown to be successful with students with disabilities as well as typical students (Lerner, 2011). There are many benefits to active student responding including:

More student engagement
Increased scores on tests and quizzes
Less off task and out of seat behavior
Increased retention of facts and information
Active student responding has been tried at many different grade levels, including college and in training programs as well, with good results Colbert, 2005). When using active student responding, there are many different techniques that instructors can use to actively engage all the students. Instructors are encouraged to be creative in thinking of ways to facilitate student participation and ownership.

Some types of active student responding activities are:

Choral responding
Using response cards
Using personal white boards
Reading out loud
Fill in the blank supplements to lectures and other activities
There are many other interesting ways to enhance student participation using these techniques. Instructors are encouraged to be creative in thinking of ways to facilitate student participation and ownership of their learning. In addition to the actual techniques involved in active student responding, instructors should be familiar with the benefits of this teaching method and how this strategy increases learning and decreases problematic behavior.

Other topics we will be discussing within this webcast include:

How to incorporate active student responding in your classroom or training program
How bringing active student responding to the curriculum can benefit students at all levels
How to utilize peers when incorporating active student responding in the special education class room or with special needs students

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