Reflection: Modeling Vocabulary Seventeen Review - Section 2: A Closer Look at the Witnesses


Even though I didn't realize there was a name for it way back when, I suppose I have always tried to maintain a constructivist approach to teaching, in that I am apt to ask my students to answer their peers' questions before I jump to answer them . . . which is not always easy to do . . . especially in a situation like today.

As I expected, some students were convinced that Heck Tate is in cahoots with Bob Ewell, and when no student sufficiently came to Tate's rescue, I had to step in to remind them of a few nuances of his testimony they might be overlooking.  I generally get such a thrill out of waiting it out for one of my students to share such a discovery, but it just wasn't happening today.

While I want nothing more than to have my students feel comfortable enough to take risks with their ideas in my classroom, I recognize that sometimes I will simply have to set certain records straight, in order to coach them on how to work successfully with a text. Knowing when to do this is not always easy, but knowing what students need to know helps guide me in knowing when to step in.

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Vocabulary Seventeen Review

Unit 12: To Kill A Mockingbird Part II
Lesson 3 of 8

Objective: SWBAT participate in a guided review of the week's vocabulary words, gathered from chapters 14-19 of To Kill a Mockingbird.

Big Idea: Continuing to make the most of Harper Lee's extensive vocabulary.

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