Give each student colored index cards/post-its for their work space. During independent work time or group work, the students use the cards. A teacher I used to work with put red cards on popsicle sticks at the student work centers & prompted them to hold it up when they needed help, rather than calling out. Her classroom was always so quiet!
"I'd like you to make your prediction for the next section, not the end of the story" Sound familiar? Free worksheet to help kids learn how to predict outcomes. Use at centers, with literature circles, guided reading groups or as assessments.
List of 30 procedures to remember to teach at the start of the year. Good list even for veteran teachers.