Reflection: Discourse and Questioning Scientists Collaborate - Section 2: Explore - Teacher Set-up


I use the Turn and Talk strategy quite a bit in my classroom because it requires cognitive engagement from the students,  allows sharing of multiple perspectives, and strengthens speaking and listening skills.  In this lesson, I use this strategy to have students discuss the meaning of the phrase, "Scientists collaborate to Construct Meaning". After giving them time to discuss with their partner, I call on students to share their thoughts with the class. As a student shares their thoughts, I randomly call on another student to paraphrase what that student has said and to provide a response, starting with, "I agree because...",  "I agree and want to add...",  or " I disagree, because...". (These discussion frames are posted in my room.) By having students paraphrase their peers' thoughts, I am holding them accountable for engaging in the discussion and practicing active listening. I provide sentence frames to help students speak precisely for a specific purpose. I can usually remove the frames from my walls by the second semester, as students have internalized them.

  Turn and Talk
  Discourse and Questioning: Turn and Talk
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Scientists Collaborate

Unit 1: What Do Scientists Do?
Lesson 2 of 8

Objective: SWBAT identify and create examples and non-examples of collaboration, and effectively collaborate with their peers to complete a shared task.

Big Idea: Scientists must work together and share ideas in order to construct knowledge and develop deeper understanding. There are certain guidelines all scientists must adhere to in order to collaborate peacefully and productively.

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Collaboration Strategies, Science, Nature of Science, WHST.6
  60 minutes
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