Choral responses should be structured to avoid students ‘calling out’. This structure could include having all students look at the teacher who will:
- ask a question,
- put up their hand to indicate silence and thinking time,
- lower their hand and say, ‘Everyone..’
Any signal or cue that results in students saying the answer could be used. Choral responding is most successful if adequate thinking time is provided. Students may put thumbs up or look at the teacher to indicate adequate thinking time. If students do not respond or blurt out an answer, teachers can repeat with a gentle re-do (e.g. ‘Oops, my hands were not down yet, try again, wait for my signal’).