Track, read and count with me are three useful engagement strategies that can be used across all grades. Having students ‘track’ something or someone enables you to visibly monitor student engagement. Students can ‘track with me’ by following along a copy of the text or numbers as you read. For younger students, teachers could request students point with their finger (at the text on the board or in front of them). For older students, teachers may merely need their eyes to be following along (ensuring they are on the correct page). Tracking as the teacher reads has the added benefit of previewing text that students may not be sure of, prior to reading or counting chorally, as well as providing a model for fluency. “Track the speaker” is a specific strategy that ensures all students turn and look at the speaker as they provide a response.
‘Read with me’ and ‘count with me’ are an extension of the track with me strategy and are often used together. Students chorally read or count aloud at the same time when using this strategy.