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Jennifer Diaz

13 Strategies to Improve Student Classroom Discussions - 147 views

  • These 13-teacher and expert-tested strategies will strengthen your students' ability to find and use evidence from any text
  • Texts that inspire questions encourage students to return to the text and find support for their answers
  • starting with one overarching focus question
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  • Require students to have evidence ready at the start of the discussion
  • "prove it"
  • evidence will actually open up a text to different interpretations
  • The challenge is getting students to expand and explain. To get students to explain why they choose a piece of evidence, provide them with a structure that moves from evidence to interpretation. Williams' students use a graphic organizer with three columns: They write their answer in the first column, note textual evidence in the second, and explain their evidence in the third.
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  • Use sentence starters strategically
  • In the text ... the author mentions ...
  • the author uses this evidence to ... this lets us know that ...
  • Give students enough time to flip through and find just the right piece of evidence. If other students are getting antsy, choose one of your always-ready students to share, then loop back to the student who needed time with the text
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      Good idea to keep the pace moving, while providing enough time to find better evidence.
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      And if you encourage a collaborative atmosphere, having students ALL look for evidence related to each person's idea will mean they are all engaged in searching whenever anyone makes a claim. Either choose someone who has found it, or have them mark the page and keep searching for more evidence. Then have students ALL GO to the passage cited, so they can closely follow and respond with additional or conflicting evidence.
  • "Just because there's more than one right answer," says Riley, "doesn't mean there's no wrong answer."
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      Part of what students do when they all look for evidence for each idea is to learn to weigh evidence for competing ideas and sift out "weaker" or unsupported answers from "stronger" claims. Brainstorming an idea that later doesn't pan out should not e seen as bad or wrong, but more accurately as the way idea-generating and sifting actually happens in many situations.
  • According to page
  • create an anchor chart
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      Create and authentic anchor chart of student/teacher generated starters and prompts.
  • Listen for how students personalize the discussion, and encourage them to develop their own voice.
  • go back to the text
  • They answer the focus question a second time, explain whether or not they changed their answers, and reflect on how the evidence brought up during discussion impacted their thinking.
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    Great ideas for 6th grade response to literature discussion and writing.
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    I haven't taught sixth grade for 3 1/2 years now, but if I ever go back to ms, I'd incorporate this into my weekly plans. One way I get my second graders to grow their thinking is by having them respond to one another using the following prompts:

     I agree with the part about…
     Going back to what you said about…
     One thing I noticed…
     One thing I pictured…
     It reminded me of…
     I am not sure what you are saying. Could you say it in another way?
     I agree with what you are saying because…
     What you just said matches what is in my mind because…
     I hear what you are saying, but I see it differently because…
     If what you said is true, is it not also true that…
     That is true, but…
    Or - That is true, and…
     Could you say more?
     Could you give me an example?
     I would like to add on to what _________ said.
     I have an example of what you just said.
     I wonder why…
     I was surprised to see…
     Another thing that goes with that is…
     So are you saying…
Sharin Tebo

4 Steps to Empower Student Voice | The Remind Blog - 38 views

  • The term “student voice” refers to the input and perspectives of students, and describes how their voices and actions affect what happens in the classroom. Through developing their own questions, seeking out their interests, and driving their own learning, students become more involved in their education. With this involvement comes empowerment, as students are able to use their knowledge to contribute to the greater community.

  • 1. Inclusion

    When students feel that they matter and are included in the classroom community, they are much more likely to open up and share their perspectives.

  • 2. Integration

    Begin to integrate student voice into your daily lessons by creating more opportunities for students to contribute. This can come in the form of whole classroom discussion, small group activities, input on writing activities, and more

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  • At the transformational level, teachers can draw on student input to shape curricular goals for the class.
  • Student empowerment enables students to use their knowledge to contribute to the classroom and greater outside community. When students feel comfortable sharing their voices, they grow into positions of leadership.
      • Resources

        Encourage student voice in your classroom and school community with some of these helpful resources:

        • Student Voice: Student Voice has toolkit filled with classroom resources, student voice stories, and more that will allow you to transform your classroom into one where students can thrive.
        • Edutopia: Check out some of these great articles and resources for highlighting student voice in your classroom.
        • Students at the Center: Motivation, engagement, and student voice activities.
        • MindShift KQED: From student voices, learn what students say about being trusted partners in learning.

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    Voice and Choice--Encouraging it in 4 steps to personalize the learning experience.
danthomander

http://www.sas.com/govedu/edu/teacher_eval.pdf - 31 views

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    Excellent research paper drawing conclusion that the most important variable in student outcomes is teacher effectiveness, suggesting that the best way to improve schools is to improve the teachers in the schools.
Matt Renwick

How Do You Find Time to Write a Book? | Reading By Example - 23 views

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    With yesterday's launch of my new eBook, this question seems to come up the most. It is sometimes followed up with...
Ross Davis

The power of digital student portfolios SmartBlogs - 53 views

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    Students and teachers can use digital tools to document current understandings, make revisions as thinking changes, share student products both locally and globally and celebrate successes with peers and parents. Although this practice is only one part of a balanced assessment system, there are many benefits that learners, both student and teacher, can gain for developing digital portfolios.
Ross Davis

Digital Student Portfolios: A Whole-School Approach | MiddleWeb - 73 views

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    The particular software and services used to create these portfolios is a subject of some interest, to be sure, but it is secondary to the "big idea" itself: compiling a dynamic collection of information from many sources, in many forms and with many purposes, all aimed at presenting the most complete story possible of a student's learning experience.
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