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Jennifer Diaz

13 Strategies to Improve Student Classroom Discussions - 149 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
    • Jennifer Diaz
       
      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."
    • deniseahlquist
       
      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
    • Jennifer Diaz
       
      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…
Deborah Baillesderr

http://www.michigan.gov/documents/2nd_Grade_Literacy_Activities_66529_7.pdf - 38 views

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    Wonderful activities that teachers and parents of second graders can do to help students improve their reading skills.
tom campbell

We Still Live Here - As Nutayunean | Reviving the Wampanoag Language | Independent Lens... - 32 views

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    Great content for the Thanksgiving season classroom
Cathlin LaRocco

Weather Web Links | Science Companion - 43 views

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    Websites related to weather unit of study
Peter Beens

Make a Mark, Not a Grade « The Smaller Office - 3 views

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    I'm more interested in having our students make a mark than get a mark, and so are they. So, lets be genuine with them. Push them to create great stuff about important ideas and students will not only rise to the challenge, they will be able to articulate what they have learned and why it matters. Do this, and don't cheapen it with a mark. Share your descriptive feedback, offer a genuine response. Let them know that when it comes time to write the report card you'll turn the great things they have created into a grade and all they have to do is keep creating things~the wonderful thing about people is we actually do great things when we are given the chance, a purpose, feedback and an audience. After all, look at all of us bloggers.
Kathy Fiedler

Lexile® at School - 5 views

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    "Lexile measures are powerful, versatile tools that educators can use to help their students grow as readers. When you use both Lexile reader measures and Lexile text measures, you can treat each student as an individual learner, rather than as below-grade, on-grade or above-grade. Site includes a "find a book" feature which allows you to search a book by title or author and find out the lexile level. There is a conversion chart on the site which will give you a guide to the approximate grade level equivalents as well.

    Here are some classroom ideas and applications to help you differentiate instruction for all readers in various situations."
Mary Blow

QuickGrade | The easiest FREE grade calculator for teachers! - 114 views

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    Put away your EZ-graders, teachers, QuickGrade is the easiest grade calculator around! Use this tool to make grading stacks of tests a snap. Made with love and totally free to use!
Jonathan Wylie

4th Grade Skills: What Every 4th Grader Needs to Know! - 54 views

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    Do you have a child moving up to 4th grade? Or are you are a teacher who will be teaching this grade level for the first time?
Jonathan Wylie

4th Grade Math Word Problems: Strategies, Ideas and Examples - 65 views

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    Are you looking for ideas on how to teach 4th grade word problems in math? Find out about strategy, learn some characteristics, and discover some new resources to teach this important math skill.
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