Reflection: Student Ownership Dystopian Novels: Book Club Meeting Two - Section 1: Book Club Meeting Two

 

So, today's discussions were better than our first, text-based discussion for a couple of reasons. I was able to have some personal conversations with students who were missing work from their folders and/or who were obviously being passive contributors to their groups' discussion. For the most part, their lack of engagement seems to come from their being behind in the reading. I definitely called them out on this (in the nicest way possible), and asked them what their plan was to catch up. 

The nice thing is that they are not in groups of friends and many of these students also said that their group had been giving them a hard time. I asked them how that felt to have their group call them out and many said that they felt like they were slacking. Save for the few students who have been sick, I pointed out that their ability to keep up and to participate in the group discussions was completely in their control. I encouraged them to listen to this peer pressure and think about ways they could keep up. 

I typically shoot down any peer to peer pressure like this, but in this case, especially with the students who are behind, I think it was much more powerful for those students to hear criticism from their peers/friends. I made sure to monitor their dialogue to make sure it wasn't too harsh, but also hope that the students' ownership of the group success is shared equally amongst all group members. 

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Dystopian Novels: Book Club Meeting Two

Unit 14: Literary: Dystopian Fiction Literature Circles
Lesson 7 of 13

Objective: SWBAT demonstrate their preparedness for collaborative discussion by sharing their research, reading and analysis with their book club groups.

Big Idea: Discussion #2 is here--what new things have we read? What new ideas are ready to be shared?

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