Reflection: Student Grouping Meeting More Neighbors - Section 3: Closure: Student Survey


As I glanced around the room at whose hands were raised for each question, I was not very surprised by what I found:  my reluctant participants/struggling students found it helpful to work in small groups, while many, though not all, of my more skilled students preferred the whole-group setting.

From this, I gain a couple of insights.  First, the small groupings clearly work for my strugglers.  A couple of them even seemed giddy at the end of the period, enjoying a real sense of accomplishment.

Secondly, I am compelled to find ways to reinforce the learning power of sharing knowledge, so that my more skilled students can better recognize the strength that comes from teaching what they know to someone else.  At this point, I am thinking that a round of council, asking students to tell about a time that their knowledge of a topic helped someone else (or something like that . . .), might be what I incorporate in the coming week's lesson plan.

  Results of Student Survey
  Student Grouping: Results of Student Survey
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Meeting More Neighbors

Unit 3: House on Mango Street Part II
Lesson 10 of 13

Objective: Working in small reading groups, SWBAT to document shared inferences for each new character encountered in six consecutive vignettes from The House On Mango Street.

Big Idea: Allowing a smaller audience for reluctant student participants.

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