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Group Response

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Teach for Life | Wichita, Kansas

Group response, or “choral response,” happens when a teacher asks a question and has the students respond in unison. By using this teaching technique, the teacher knows if material needs to be retaught so all students will understand it.

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In the Group Response method, students answer the teacher’s questions as a group. This is also known as “Choral Response.” The teacher begins by explaining that they will use two cues. First is the “Hold” cue. It means “wait and think of your answer.” Next is the “Respond” cue. It means “say your answer now.” These cues can be visual, such as hand gestures; or auditory, like a word or sound. The teacher asks a question, and gives the “Hold” cue for a couple seconds. Then the teacher gives the “Respond” cue, and all of the students say their answer together. This method is used with factual questions that can be answered with one to three words. If some students give incorrect answers, the teacher knows to re-teach that information. Using the “Hold” and “Respond” cues gives students time to think … and answer together as a group.

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