Reflection: Positive Reinforcement Finding Figurative Language Together - Section 3: Getting Down to Business

 

I found that about 10 minutes into the students' discussions, heard myself saying the same thing over and over again to the groups: 

"I want to challenge you think about the why of the figurative language.  Talk to each other about why the poet wanted you the reader to consider these comparisons, images, or personified objects?"

This is always a good checkpoint for me as a teacher.  If I answer the same question more than two times or make the same observation to more than one group, I will use this as a teachable moment for the entire class.

It is at this point that I will head to the light switch and flicker the lights.  Once I have everyone's attention, I repeat the answer to the question or the observation I have made more than once.  

To me, this is what it means to be a reflective teacher.  Sometimes reflection doesn't happen after the lesson is over; it happens on the fly.  We need to always make sure to listen to that inner teacher voice that tells us something is not clear about the instructions or task, if you hear the same questions over and over again!

  This is not a day to sit back and simply observe!
  Positive Reinforcement: This is not a day to sit back and simply observe!
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Finding Figurative Language Together

Unit 13: Introduction to Poetry
Lesson 7 of 12

Objective: SWBAT determine the meaning of figurative language in poetry through discussion with peers and reflective writing.

Big Idea: Working together to find the buried figurative language treasure!

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