Reflection: Shared Expectations Asked and Answered - Use Inferences and Text - Section 5: Students Take a Turn


My students have read in science class about atoms and gravity and this book spurred a lot of great schema for them. They are fascinated by rockets and space and there were lots of great comments. 

It's great when they bring in schema about a topic and it's hard not to let everyone share, but soon the pace and focus of the lesson can be lost if it goes on too long. A fabulous colleague of mine named Lisa uses a great strategy - she has the kids hold out a 'c' with their hand when they have a connection. They still raise their hand, but 'show' that they connect with the 'c' instead of verbalizing it.  That allows her to continue teaching.

I allow a few comments (such as this student who was a bit off topic) and then ultimately positively reinforce those with the 'c' hand to move the kids back to the lesson. They learn that they can connect and share that they know and you can keep the focus on the lesson on what you've planned.

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Asked and Answered - Use Inferences and Text

Unit 13: Inference-What Do You Already Know and How Does the Text Help You?
Lesson 10 of 16

Objective: SWBAT ask and answer questions about the character's life, making inferences using evidence in the text and schema.

Big Idea: Questions and answers help us understand better. Are the answers in the text or do we need to make an inference? In this lesson, we turn to a famous genius to find out ...

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English / Language Arts, Special Education, Reading, biography (Nonfiction Lit), 2nd Grade, questioning, Albert Einstein, inference, gravity
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