See 3 before me
A quick and easy way to improve independent learning in your classroom. Put up a few display posters around the classroom which state “See 3 before me”. A way of encouraging students to try and problem solve before going straight to the teacher for advice.
Prepare your classes
Spend a little time introducing the concept to your students. Discuss which other sources of information they could use.
Possible 3 before me ideas
- Look back at their notes
- Check the lesson help/ work sheets if provided
- Look at the board
- Use classroom display
- Take a few moments to think the problem through themselves – perhaps present an idea to the teacher, alongside their question
- Ask a classmate, possibly more than one
- Look it up in a text book
- Google it (if appropriate)
Try to incorporate some of the above into a display piece titled “See 3 before me”. It also helps to have a few display boards dedicated to common questions, or full of examples of work.
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