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Only Accept Right Answers

  1. Strategy Overview
    Strategy Source
    Doug Lemov

    What is this strategy about?
    When you respond to answers in lessons, hold out for answers that are completely right or at least answers that show the pupils have put effort into the answer. Don’t risk calling an answer “right” when it simply isn’t.

    How can you encourage students to think about their answers?
    Don’t be afraid to tell pupils that they are almost there. Be positive about the work they did but clear and honest that they need to do more.

    Why is it important to prompt children to think about their answers?
    Having time to think about their answers promotes deeper understanding and encourages children to use their analytical and evaluative skills to come up with an answer. It also encourages them to use their existing knowledge to make connections in learning. 
  2. Choose this strategy if you want to...
    - Foster high expectations in your pupils.
    - Do not allow for confusion in your pupils.
    - Show that you have high standards.

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