Reflection: Routines and Procedures Foods Third Graders Like - Section 5: Questions About the Data


At the start of the year I expend a significant amount of effort setting expectations for how discussions are conducted in my classroom.  When students turn and talk to a neighbor or small group, I supervise and encourage them so that they learn to allow each person to speak.  In an activity such as this, where what is being shared is an opinion, it is okay to just let someone speak and acknowledge what they said.  An opinion does not always need to be offered and authentic listening involves listening to what another person says without simply waiting to jump in with one's own comments.  This is a skill that can and needs to be taught.  

I also clearly let students know that while I sometimes ask students to raise hands to answer (for the sake of expediency or in appropriate situations, such as being observed or filmed); my primary method will be to call on students randomly.  I explain to them that this insures that they are more actively prepared to answer and also makes it more likely that everyone has a more balanced chance to participate.  I was a shy kid and teachers either ignored me or assumed they were doing me a favor by not calling on me and while often well-intentioned, this is a mistake that I want to avoid repeating with my own students.  I let them know that.

I also tell them (and model) that if they aren’t prepared to answer, I’ll give them think time and come back to them.  As I get to know my class, there will be students that I tell ahead of time that I’ll be calling on them.  (Bryan, I’m calling on you next.)

  Expectations for Discussions
  Routines and Procedures: Expectations for Discussions
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Foods Third Graders Like

Unit 1: 1st Week: Getting to Know Each Other Through Graphs
Lesson 1 of 6

Objective: SWBAT gather simple data, represent it on a bar graph, and answer simple, complex, and open-ended questions about the data. UPDATED JULY 27, 2015.

Big Idea: Even something as simple as finding out what your classmates like to eat can be a fun way to get to know each other!

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