Opportunities to respond (Otrs), A DefinITION:
The utilization of strong scaffolding and varied learning tasks for students, designed to enhance student engagement and participation by offering multiple opportunities to read, write, demonstrate, speak, and listen during classroom instruction; increase frequency of accurate and actionable feedback about levels of learning; and promote deeper understanding of content.
Why are OTRs important for teachers?
IF PLANNED AND IMPLEMENTED MASTERFULLY AND WITH INTENT, OTRS PROVIDE THE TEACHER WITH THE FEEDBACK HE OR SHE NEEDS IN ORDER TO KNOW WHAT THE STUDENTS UNDERSTAND OR DO NOT UNDERSTAND. IF STUDENTS DO NOT UNDERSTAND, IT'S TIME TO RE-TEACH. IF STUDENTS DO UNDERSTAND, IT'S TIME TO MOVE FORWARD OR TO ENRICH. Here, teaching is not about coverage as much as it is about coming to understand.
HOW CAN I MAXIMIZE THE LEARNING IMPACT THROUGH OTRS?
OTRs are most successful when:
- They're tied to a specific learning objective.
- They're purposeful and intentionally planned into the lesson.
- They result in maximum student engagement where students are either saying, writing, or doing.
- They provide the teacher and the student(s) with actionable feedback on student understanding.
- Wait time is incorporated with each teacher-initiated OTR.
FIRST, REVIEW YOUR LESSON TO CONSIDER WHICH TYPES OF FEEDBACK YOU'LL WANT TO MEASURE.
THEN, REVIEW THE HANDOUT BELOW AND CHOOSE ONE OR TWO TECHNIQUES YOU'D LIKE TO TRY OVER THE NEXT WEEK OR SO.
OR, YOU ARE ALWAYS WELCOME TO SET UP AN APPOINTMENT WITH YOUR FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD ACHIEVEMENT COACH or Ed Tech AND WE CAN GO OVER WAYS TO INCORPORATE IMPACTFUL OTRS WITH YOUR STUDENTS.