Simultaneous Response Strategies I. Purpose When the teacher poses a question, all students have the opportunity to think about and respond to the question at the same time. II. Structure Question Wait/Think Time Simultaneous Response One or two students respond orally or all students in unison Teacher expands, extends, and clarifies III. Strategies Pair-Shares: Think, Write, or Draw Quick Shows: Sit Down/Stand Up; Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down: Effective with yes/no, true/false, and agree/disagree questions. White Boards: Think, write, show Sign or Signal: Students show the LIFESKILL sign when answering a LIFESKILL question. Show Me the Number: Assign numbers to vocabulary or spelling words, places on a map, etc. Ask a question or give a clue and ask students to show you the number of the correct answer. Whip Around/Pass Around: Students think about the answer and each student quickly gives his/her answer individually as responses “whip around” the room. (Most effective with questions with multiple possible responses.) A, B, C, D: Each student has four cards marked A, B, C, and D. Teacher asks a question, gives four choices, and asks students to hold up correct card. (Great for informal assessment and/or test preparation.) Feedback From My Back: Students work with a partner. Partner #1 writes a single word on #2’s back, #2 says the word and gives the definition or describes the significance of the word, based on current studies. Show Me the Graphic: Individually, on paper or a small white board, students create a quick graphic organizer to show what they understand about content under study and share it with a partner. With a partner, students begin to create a graphic organizer, when the timer goes off they switch boards/paper with a partner and finish each other’s work. Tell it to the Hand (Ceiling, Window, etc.): Students all face the suggested spot and in unison answer the question. Whisper Shout: All answer the question in a loud whisper.