My students HATE answering questions! It is always the same 2 or 3 students raising their hands. Maybe it's because they got used to not being called on when they were in regular ed but now I need everyone to respond! Enter Brain Beads! They work like magic. As soon as I introduced them, the kids hands started to shoot up. Basically, if you give me a relevant (not necessarily correct) answer, you get brain beads to wear for the day. I store them in this old Target trail mix jar:
I chose a jar with a lid because I can easily throw this in a cabinet in June and I don't have to worry about necklaces falling everywhere! I grabbed the beads at the dollar store - $1 for 8 necklaces. Cheap, easy, effective!
What do you use to get your students engaged?