Effective Classroom Practices

Student Engagement and
Opportunities to Respond

Engagement is actively involving all students in learning by providing students multiple opportunities to respond to instructional questions, statements or gestures.

"You cannot measure their thinking if you cannot make their thinking visible." ~Anita Archer

This infographic provides more information on engagement and opportunities to respond.

This video offers specific examples from LPS classrooms demonstrating how to engage students and provide opportunities to respond.

Listen to this narrated slideshow to learn more about engagement and providing opportunities to respond.


How does this strategy apply to the rest of the things we do in LPS?

Trauma Informed Care

  • Multiple opportunities to respond is a way to conduct formative assessments in the classroom, which allows for differentiated responses to allow students who do not want much attention to find a way to engage.
  • Allowing frequent opportunities to respond provides time to process or apply what they are learning.  This opportunity to process and apply allows neural networks to be strengthened.  (Craig, S.E., 2016)

Danielson Framework

  • Effective use of student responses and ideas (3b)
  • High levels of student participation in discussion (3b)
  • Learning tasks that require high-level student thinking and invite students to explain their thinking (3c
  • Students actively “working,” rather than watching while their teacher “works” (3c)
  • The teacher circulating to monitor student learning and to offer feedback (3d)