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Habits of Discussion What are some of the success and challenges you have experience using a

Habits of Discussion

What are some of the success and challenges you have experience using a classroom Discussion?

In Context:

Participation Ratio

Think Ratio

Objectives:

Analyze the tools champion teachers use to maximize efficiency, accountability,

engagement and rigor when employing a Turn and Talk. Practice preparing and delivering Turn and Talks effectively

Vargas.‘House’ Clip43 What is effective about the discussion in Yasmin’s class?

Habits of Discussion

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Key Idea: Make your discussions more productive and enjoyable by normalizing a set of ground rules

Key Idea: Make your discussions more productive and enjoyable by normalizing a set of ground rules or “habits” that allow discussion to be more efficiently cohesive and connected.

Four Parts:

Discussion fundamentals: voice, tracking, names

Follow-on, and follow-on prompting

Sentence Starters

Managing the meta

Colleen Driggs GR5 What behaviors is Colleen teaching to her students in this video?

Discussion Fundamentals:

Voice speaking loud enough to be heard

Tracking show engagement by looking at one another

Names –expect and remind students to use one another’s names

Jessica Bracey - GR5

What is particularly effective about the class discussion in this video?

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Follow-on, and Follow-on Prompting: • • Socializing students to listen involves a combination of accountability and

Follow-on, and Follow-on Prompting:

Socializing students to listen involves a combination of accountability and inspiration.

Consistently ask one student to respond to something another has said

Follow on: from Cold Call Technique 33

 

“Skylar, do you agree with Markus?”

Follow - on Prompting:

 

Short and fast prompts

“Develop, David…Add on, Carlton…”

Sentence Starters:

Post them on your wall and start by having students practice using some of them

Slowly add more to the lsit

Sentence starters can start simple and become more complex over time

Sentence Starters Brainstorm Practice:

  • 1. Find someone who teaches a subject or grade level the same/similar to yours

  • 2. Take 3 minutes to brainstorm as many sentence starters for your classes as possible. Write them all down :

  • 3. After 3 minutes is up, discuss which you would start training students with and which you would hold off until later. Why?

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Habits of Discussion cont’d. Managing the Meta: • The power of discussion can be in developing

Habits of Discussion cont’d.

Managing the Meta:

The power of discussion can be in developing and expanding ideas through a series of connected comments

This requires sometimes keeping students “inside the box.”

“That is interesting, but I’d like to hear someone respond to Sara’s comment before we move on to another one…”

Question: despite the push towards “outside the box” thinking, what could be said for keeping classroom discussion “inside the box?” Are the two mutually exclusive?

Efficiency and Accountability Practice

Planning: Use the space below to plan your tools for efficiency and accountability.

List two-three student behaviors you want students to do while in the class discussion

 

(e.g. Eye contact, use of sentence starters)

Draft what you will say when you model and describe those two to three behaviors

 

(e.g. “Remember, when we have a class discussion, we make sure to make eye contact with who is speaking.”)

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Script any cues you might use to prompt these behaviors (e.g. “track the speaker,” pointing from

Script any cues you might use to prompt these behaviors

 

(e.g. “track the speaker,” pointing from my eyes to the students eyes non-verbal gesture)

 

Prompts:

What’s the most important part of a good discussion?

What is the biggest challenge of facilitating a class discussion?

What benefits can you expect your students to get from a good class discussion?

Jot down: One tool you’d like to try in the next round of practice

Vargas.‘House’ Clip43 Re-watch this video and reflect on what tools you could apply to your class and what you might adapt or change in your class.

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