I've always been subtly bothered by the hands-up system I use in my classroom. Like a good little Teach Like a Champion teacher, I've use cold call on a regular basis. I have called on students I know are not paying attention to wake them up. My big solution has been to use index cards with names on them to make sure I am calling on students equally. But the hands up system has never quite sat right with me.
Hack #1 Assume All Hands are Up
As soon as I read the hack title, I was intrigued. Here are my take aways from this hack: (But I REALLY recommend you go and read it for yourself!)
Next Hack: Kick the IDK Bucket Keep the cognitive baton in students’ hands
Gotta go! I have more reading to do!
I find these seemingly simple but powerful ideas so invigorating and exciting. Small changes matter. (Although getting my students not to raise their hands will be no small task.)
Hamilton, Connie (2019-04-14). Hacking Questions: 11 Answers That Create a Culture of Inquiry in Your Classroom (Hack Learning Series Book 23) (Kindle Locations 388-389). Times 10 Publications. Kindle Edition.
Jill A. Hostetler