Recitation

by Valery, Adam, Rachael

Recitation is a direct, teacher-centered approach in which the teacher asks specific short answer questions with a specific answer in mind. Incorrect answers are usually corrected by the teacher or by the class. A teacher may use probing questions in order to help the class come to the correct answer. The repetition of question and answer helps information retention. It is best used for the memorization of facts--base level knowledge.

Uses:
- Assessing student comprehension of a lecture or demonstration.
- Reviewing factual material for an upcoming test.

Methods:
- When using recitation as a strategy, the teacher should have all of the questions planned out ahead of time.
- The teacher should obtain the attention of the entire class, and address the question to the entire class before asking a specific student to respond.
- Call on volunteers as well as non-volunteers
- Encourage students to speak to the whole class when responding
- Jeopardy game is a good way to incorporate technology into recitation strategy.
- Have students call on one another by having them pass an object around the room.
- Be sensitive to students' willingness to speak publicly, and never put a student on the spot.