Bethel School District Eugene OR

No Opt Out

Everyone learns in a high performing classroom. As teachers, we hold students accountable and maintain the expectation that it is not ok to not try. In Teach Like a Champion 2.0, Doug Lemov states, “Students in your classroom should come to expect that when they answer incorrectly, say they can’t answer, or decide not to try, there’s a strong likelihood that they will conclude their interaction by demonstrating their responsibility and ability to identify the right answer.” Below are a few ways we can assist students in believing in their ability to answer, thus building a culture of validation and success in our classrooms:

Four “No Opt Out” Formats:

  1. You provide the answer; the student repeats the answer
  2. Another student provides the answer; initial student repeats the answer
  3. You provide a cue*; the student uses it to find the answer
  4. Another student provides a cue*, initial student uses it to find the answer

*Cue-the place to find the answer, the next step in a process, another name for a term, an identification of the mistake

You can also use the “No Opt Out” technique to stretch students’ thinking and to give students a chance to show how much they know. Asking a series of similar questions, stretching the question by asking more challenging follow-up questions, having the student identify the error in an initial answer, and celebrating perseverance all result in greater rigor and increased confidence for students in your classroom. If a student in your class is unable to answer, try one of the “No Opt Out” formats above to give that student another opportunity to answer the question and experience success.

For a No Opt Out Cueing Tool Kit, click here.

Take a minute and seven seconds to check out an example of “No Opt Out” in the video below.





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