Reflection: Discourse and Questioning Ethan is Over the Moon! - Section 3: Guided Exploration

 

One of the areas I continue to work on professionally is the area of instructional skills.  I am specifically interested in questioning strategies.  One strategy, socratic teaching, has really captured my attention.  I like the idea of pushing my students to do higher level cognitive thinking work - the "heavy lifting" of the learning on their own.  However, I know that many of my students need scaffolds in order to get there.  That is why I consistently post academic discussion and language stems in the classroom, and reinforce their use.  Each year is a work in process, and I get better at it every year.

In this Video Clip, my students are responding to one of the Post-It Notes from the "Burning Questions" Chart - If there were no gravity, would it rain?  I am endeavoring to use socratic teaching methods - teaching through questioning, to lead my students to discover the answers.  It is a work in progress - just like the video skills of the student who taped the video clip (sorry!)

I found some great information on Questioning Techniques at Edutopia - a favorite resource of mine. 

  Discourse and Questioning: Socratic Teaching
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Ethan is Over the Moon!

Unit 5: Plaid Pete is Finding Earth's Place in the Universe
Lesson 7 of 13

Objective: SWBAT analyze patterns and use them to describe the Moon's movement, relative to the Earth.

Big Idea: Why do we see the moon in the night sky, and what causes it to change? Students analyze patterns in data to determine the daily changes that reveal the moon's movement in relation to the Earth and the sun.

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