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Distance learning in a Pre-K or Kindergarten classroom is a whole new world of best practices. As teachers explore how to help their students learn in an online environment, we will have to try new tactics to get students engaged. These FREE Printable Student Response Cards are a great way to engage with your students while teaching virtually or in the physical classroom!
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Engagement with Student Response Cards
Engaging with our students in every environment is important, but engagement during distance learning is especially crucial. Part of engaging with our students is having them interact with us through responses.
When we ask a question in the classroom, we can easily see whose hand is raised, but it can often be hard to see during distance learning. I can get a better feel for whether a student is understanding material in person versus online, because I can see how they are responding to questions, if they look frustrated, how long it is taking them to complete questions, etc.
So how do we help bridge the gap? Well, student response cards for distance learning are a great start!
Student Response Cards for Distance Learning
Students responding to questions is a basic level of engagement, but one that is often lacking during distance learning. Students cannot respond the same way they can in the classroom.
These student response cards will help your students feel like they have a voice in your room; even when they are on mute! Plus it gives you a quick visual so that when you scan your screen, you can quickly see who has a question, who wants to participate, and who just needs to use the restroom.
Ways to Use These Cards
These response cards will help your kiddos engage in a variety of situations in your virtual classroom. But these cards are not just for online learning, your students will love using these in the classroom as well!
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Here are some of the ways you can use the student response cards:
- Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down – these are great to see if your students agree or disagree with a statement you make. For example, you could say, “Give me a thumbs up if you like broccoli. Give me a thumbs down if you don’t like broccoli.”
- Yes/No – these give another option for polling your students. “Did you get all of your assignments turned in this morning?” Or, “Do you have your supplies ready for small groups today?”
- Raise Hand – the raise hand card is great for students who want to answer a question you’ve asked or for students to volunteer to participate.
- Question – the question card can be a great way for your students to let you know when they have a question. This card is different from the raise hand card, because it can distinguish from a student who wants to share or participate from someone who has an actual question.
- Bathroom – this one is pretty obvious but quite important! This lets kiddos tell you quickly that they need to use the restroom.
You don’t want your Pre-K and Kindergarten students to try and use these all at once. Just like anything else in the classroom, you will have to have them take out a couple at a time and teach their appropriate purpose.
Practice just using the thumbs up and thumbs down cards and when the appropriate time to use those cards might be. Then maybe add in the question card and explain how to use that card correctly. The key (as with anything in Pre-K or Kindergarten) is to practice, practice, practice.
Grab Your Free Copy
Ready to grab your FREE Student Response Cards for Distance Learning? Click on the big, yellow download button at the bottom of this post and start using these response cards with your kiddos today!
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