Focusing Call and Response: Focusing Call and Response

 
 
 
Focusing Call and Response
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Routines and Procedures

Focusing Call and Response

I use "call and response" strategies for a variety of purposes in my blended classroom, most of which involve getting my students' attention and reinforcing core concepts of the day's lesson or our school's mission. I use the Focusing Call and Response strategy, which consists of using more than one call and response chant, whenever I need to signal a major change in the mode of instruction or any other time I need to get my students' attention quickly and respectfully. The strategy engages my students and helps them work together to achieve 100% compliance with any instructions I may give. This strategy is especially important because there are so many transitions in my school's blended learning model. 

Strategy Resources (3)
Poster
 
 
This is a poster of some attention-grabbing calls and responses I use in my classroom. They're both fun for students and really helpful for transitions and refocusing.
Strategy Explanation
 
 
This is an explanation of the Cognitive Content Dictionary that I sometimes use as a part of my Focusing Call and Response strategy. I select a word from the unit we are studying and the vocabulary word becomes the signal word for the day for transitioning or refocusing. This is just one way in which a call and response can be used to support students in building their academic vocabulary.
Poster
 
 
This is a poster of some attention-grabbing calls and responses I use in my classroom. They're both fun for students and really helpful for transitions and refocusing.
Strategy Explanation
 
 
This is an explanation of the Cognitive Content Dictionary that I sometimes use as a part of my Focusing Call and Response strategy. I select a word from the unit we are studying and the vocabulary word becomes the signal word for the day for transitioning or refocusing. This is just one way in which a call and response can be used to support students in building their academic vocabulary.
Mark Montero
Aspire Titan Academy
Los Angeles, CA


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Quick
Subject:
English / Language Arts
Grade:
Third grade
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Number of Students: 26 students

Number of Adults: one teacher; various other adults support during specific times (e.g., Blended Learning Coordinator, Special Education Teachers, etc.)

Length of Class Period/Learning Time: 120 minutes (Reading and Writing Block)

Digital Content/Ed Tech Tools Used on a Regular Basis: MyOn; i-Ready

Hardware Used on a Regular Basis: Lenovo ThinkPads (1:2 ratio); SMARTboard; Document Camera; iPad (for teacher)

Key Features: station rotation; student agency

 
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