Academic Culture

Our Two Cents

Our Two Cents is a strategy to increase student discourse and have students respond to questions with more justification, reasoning, and elaboration. Giving their "two cents" refers to them giving more than a one-word response or more than one example. Adding Two Cents to a basket serves as an incentive to my students to elaborate on their responses without much prompting from me. The incentive for students can be determined by the teacher or by the members of the class so that they are motivated to push themselves rather than the teacher always pushing students.

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This is an example of the incentive chart my class helped develop for their Two Cents participation. The level of participation only makes each reward much better.
 
Students In Action
 
 
Poster
 
 
This is an example of the incentive chart my class helped develop for their Two Cents participation. The level of participation only makes each reward much better.
Raul Gonzalez
Aspire Titan Academy
Los Angeles, CA


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Moderate
Subject:
English / Language Arts
Grade:
First grade
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