Reflection: Discussing Their Eyes Were Watching God In The Physical World and Online, Day 2 of 2 - Section 2: Second Part of Student Discussion


Some of the things I observed in the discussion worried me at first. One is the fact that I still have a few students who sit in the discussion and say absolutely nothing. The other concern is with statements students made that were strictly the student’s opinion, which is absolutely ok in a class discussion, but were highly inaccurate because it would be difficult to support it with the text. Specifically, several statements were made which judged Janie harshly. Some of these comments include that Janie is dumb, that she is an antifeminist character, and that she liked having a difficult life. These were instances when I joined the discussion and I wanted the students to explain and support it with the text, which was a challenge to what their statement. They cited evidence that also needed to be challenged but I did not think I should be the one to do this. I present discussions as invitations to share their thoughts. Although I also invite them to challenge each other, few were challenging this idea and I definitely don’t think that role was mine. At the end, I worried about the fact that students are not challenging statements that are inaccurate. However, the written reflections contained a lot of what I hoped to see during the discussion. In reading them, it was clear that these statements had struck several students and they had a response. These two student reflections, for example, are directly speaking out against the ideas mentioned here and offering another explanation. I would have preferred to see them making these statements during the discussions, but it was nice to see that they were thinking about the statements made in the discussion. Interestingly, the first response is from a student who said absolutely nothing in the discussion and made no comments online. I was very happy to read her reflection and see how engaged she was.

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Discussing Their Eyes Were Watching God In The Physical World and Online, Day 2 of 2

Unit 2: Writing About Their Eyes Were Watching God
Lesson 5 of 11

Objective: SWBAT participate effectively in a large group discussion by preparing questions in advance and interacting virtually and in-person.

Big Idea: Students in the outer circle swap with students in the inner circle to give everyone the experience of speaking in the real world as well as in cyberspace.

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