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How to Establish Workshop Partners

Have you heard the phrase, "Go slow, to go fast?"  This is so true for establishing successful working partnerships. I take my time and am careful to teach the behaviors I desire for my partnerships. Each year the lessons I teach to establish these are partners are a little different. When I notice "spicy" behaviors during work time that becomes my lesson for the next day. I don't punish unwanted behaviors but rather teach them out.  This takes a lot of patience and tolerance but when I take the time to make sure my partners are working well together they are set up for success all year long. These are not the same as discourse (or turn and talk partners). These partners are designed for work only (reading partners, writing partners, math partners, science partners and SS partners). I teach everything from how to sit to how to talk.  These little routines help to establish a working environment for students that is predictable and efficient. I have included some teaching points that have been tried and true for developing good working partners.

September Teaching Points

*Partners sit side by side.

*Partners keep the work in the middle so both can see.

*Partners take turns talking and listening.

*Partners help each other. 

*Partners are kind and thoughtful.

*Partners say, "Do you want to go first?" because that is polite and kind.

*Partners compliment their partners by saying, "Good idea or good thinking!"

*Partners use talking and listening behaviors (Conversations).

  • I agree with you because ....
  • I disagree because ....
  • Why do you think that?
  • I don't understand. Can you explain that again?
  • I know I am right because .....
  • I can see that ...
  • I wonder why ...
  • I notice that ...

*Partners are agreeable and solve problem in kind ways.

*Partners use their big voice (I don't it like when you....please stop) when a problem arises.

*Partners work the whole time.

*Partners ask for help when they are stuck.

  Routines and Procedures: Workshop Partners - Student Discourse
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The Constellations

Unit 3: Unit 3: Celetial Patterns: The Sun, The Moon and Stars
Lesson 12 of 21

Objective: SWBAT observe and communicate star patterns in our night sky.

Big Idea: Did you say patterns? Students will get to explore the constellations in our night sky and even create their own!

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