Reflection: Positive Reinforcement Sharing Stories in Small Groups (Day 1 of 2) - Section 3: Sharing in Small Groups


As a first round, today's sharing worked fairly well, but there are a couple of aspects I still need to reconsider. I arranged the groups, trying to differentiate the topics of the stories within each group and the lengths, so that each group would need approximately the same amount of time to read all four stories. That's how I caught one group that was trying to get away with not reading! This group had two students who were excited to share and two who were not, so they decided that I would never know if they just spent the time reading two of the four stories. Clever idea, I have to admit. Unfortunately, it didn't work out for them. Instead, I realized that something just wasn't right with the cadence of their reading; it just didn't match the other groups. I decided to spend more time standing next to this group (they don't realize that even though I'm standing next to them, it doesn't mean that I'm actually listening to that particular group) and because I was next to them, they admitted their plan. The interesting part is that the stories of these two students were good; they just didn't want to read! And that's not something I can really control; I can merely encourage. So I'm not really sure how to proceed with this information because it won't make me change the lesson plan, but maybe I need to prep the audible sections better.

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Sharing Stories in Small Groups (Day 1 of 2)

Unit 20: Serial Writing
Lesson 3 of 4

Objective: SWBAT engage their audience by creating a smooth progression of experiences or events in their original narratives.

Big Idea: Today we share in small groups to prepare us to share in a whole group setting.

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