Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Partner Talk - Section 3: The Share


The video in the share section shows how the student sharing rattles off a long list of things that are happening in the book.  The listener has a hard time taking in all that information.  Next steps in partner share will be to teach students to decide on one or maybe two big ideas that they want to share about so that the listener can ask questions or make comments to what the speaker is saying.  In this example of a partner share, the speaker tells about too many things all at once and the conversation is more like a beginning of the book to the end of the book list.  I want to slow this student down and have her decide which issue she wants to talk about.  I can have her use this RST post-it note frame to revise her thinking and she could write an short essay about the book. 

A teacher can read this student's summary of her book and see how this student obviously loved the book but could use a RST frame for her thinking so that she could process the book on a deeper level and zoom in on a few themes form the book and give evidence.  This summary was written in the second week of school, there are a lot of things this student is doing well as far as her structure of her summary, I will push her to explain both the overt problems as well as the hidden problems or sub plots that need to be inferred.

  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Teaching Partners How to Share one idea at a time
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Partner Talk

Unit 2: Developing Classroom Climate Through Routines
Lesson 13 of 15

Objective: Students will share ideas in their books with each other by selecting one post-it they have written while reading.

Big Idea: Reading Partnerships: Get your students talking about their books

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