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5 Effective Classroom Management Tips: Working Around “I Don’t Know.”

Posted by Marygrove MAT on Jan 11, 2014 6:00:00 AM

effective classroom management“I don’t know” isn’t a four-letter word, but to most teachers, it might as well be.

While there are effective classroom management strategies we can use to engage students who say “I don’t know,” educational technologist and blogger Jeff Dunn may have the ultimate workaround:

He’s outlawed “I don’t know” entirely and provided students with a few alternative responses. 

Instead of “I don’t know,” students may respond with the following choices:

  • May I please have some more information?
  • May I have some time to think about this?
  • Would you please repeat the question?
  • Where could I find more information about that?
  • May I ask a friend for help?

All five of these questions provoke engagement and let students know that no one gets off the hook.

Jeff is a regular blogger over at Edudemic, so be sure to stop by and check out his collection of articles.

If you're looking for more ways to develop an effective classroom management plan, check out our guide, 15 Effective Classroom Management Apps for Educators!

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