Are you ready to start the new year off with an active and engaging strategy? Umm…yes, please! Students returned to school here in Louisiana last week and we definitely needed ideas to help them successfully transition back from the holidays. For me, there is nothing quite like getting students up and moving to make learning fun.
Why Active and Engaging?
Studies show that students who are more active in the classroom exhibit better focus, faster cognitive processing, and better memory retention than students who spend the day sitting still. So, how do you do get kids moving without having craziness ensue?
Try Scoot, a way to get students out of their desks while still focusing on academics. As a high school teacher, I had never seen Scoot until I started looking for ideas for vocabulary reinforcement. What I found though is that it can be used in any content area for any type of question, making it… perfect!!!
Use Scoot to Make Vocabulary Sticky
It all started though when a colleague and I were brainstorming ideas to reinforce key terms. We wanted ANYTHING besides having students copy definitions from the back of the book. But how else can you help students learn vocabulary?!?
That’s what we said! I took this question on as a personal challenge. I am happy to say that Scoot is just the first of several ideas. While I am still working on writing the rest, I had to share Scoot NOW. It is too much fun and bonus…it is a low-prep, easy to implement idea.
Grab the overview of Dr. Robert Marzano’s 6 steps for building academic vocabulary, a list of materials needed for Scoot, directions for play, and the ready to print student answer document here. Then, use this active and engaging strategy to make vocabulary words (or anything else) sticky!