Student Contributor: J. MacPherson
This tool is helpful with eliminating distraction in the classroom as well as off task behavior. Students know that once their pencil is placed, they are to continue working until called on.
As mentioned before, the Question board is used to eliminate distraction and off task behavior in the classroom. When students have a question, they will walk over to the magnet board, find the pencil with their name on it and place it under the questions marks. The teacher will continue teaching and instructing as the student waits for the teacher to address their question. The questions are answered in the order of the names on the board. This tool is especially great with students staying on task because rather then waiting with their hand in the air, they continue working.
This tool is part of the supportive stage because the tool is used while lessons are occurring. The supportive phase always happens during a lesson which is why this tool fits in this phase. This tool best fits in the student directed and collaborative theory of influence because the tool was decided on collaboratively as a class. It is also part of this theory of influence because students are to take initiative to put their name on the board for a question they have. However, it is the teacher’s responsibility to address the student questions in a timely manner. Students know it is their responsibility to stay on task while they wait for their question to be addressed. This tool is good for a student directed/collaborative classroom where students are independent classroom workers.
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Tool Source: This tool came from my mentor in my 4th grade classroom.