Roll Call Activity – Teaching Strategy
Filed under: Strategies, Things to try | Tags: social studies, social studies teaching strategy, Things to try |
Buehler? Beuhler? Anyone?
Roll call. Most days I do it silently, using my clipboard or directly on my computer just to avoid the time loss/opportunity for students to show off. However, I recently went to a workshop that uses roll call as an opportunity to review content. It was actually kind of fun and I think I might use it occasionally, depending on how my students take to it. The presenter recommended only doing this twice a week, maximum.
Roll Call Activity
- Teacher chooses a topic with multiple/unlimited answers (at least one possible answer for each student in your class). Teacher writes down a possible answer on a card, post it note, scrap of paper.
- Teacher greets the class, and tells them the topic of the Roll Call Activity and that whoever guesses the answer she/he has written down will receive (five extra credit points, be able to line up first, choose his or her own seat for the day, etc)
- Teacher calls roll and and students give an answer to let the teacher know that they are there.
Example: Good morning! When I call your name for roll today, answer with the name of a US President. If you guess the one I have written on this card, you can sit in the reading corner chair today during class.
I don’t know
I’ll come back to you (teacher turns away from Scribbs so that Scribbs can get some help 🙂 ) Buehler?
You get the idea. He had us make a list of ways we could use this in our classroom, and here are mine:
- On the first day of class – give me an adjective to describe history
- US Presidents
- States, or States and capitals
- Tell me something about ___________ (Egypt, China, Reconstruction in the United States, Westward Expansion)
- Give me a primary source
- one amendment to the constitution and what right it guaranteed
- Name any polytheistic god or goddess from a culture we’ve studied
- Tell me one thing we’ve learned this week.
The lists could go on and on. I’m filing this one under things to try. I think I would use it instead of a written warm up or when I was going to do brainstorming about a topic.