Reflection: Routines and Procedures Virtually Scattered - Section 1: Launch


Some things that I keeping an eye on when students have the opportunity to voice their opinions are:

  • Overheated discussion that leads to personal remarks
  • Spending too long on a single issue or a single student's idea

I find that I can address both of these issues by fairly distributing opportunities to speak. If I rely on the outspoken or extroverted, I am not sharing the learning opportunity that discussion provides evenly. I like to pause the conversation and call on a "silent student" or a student who likes to maintain a low profile. I do this at regular intervals during a discussion like today's.

I am also keeping my eyes and ears open. I am looking for gestures that signal students comfort level, confusion, or curiosity. I am listening to students suggestions for insightful comments, skepticism, and potential misconceptions. I like to respond to gestures or comments with follow-up questions. I want to signal my interest in what my students are thinking, whether they have already shared them or not.

  • Tell me more, what's your conclusion?
  • Do you have a different idea?
  • I can see that you are mulling things over, would you like to share your thinking with us?
  • Do you see things differently? Let's hear what you think so that we can get a better picture of how people think about this.

To avoid spending too much time on one issue, I may say,"OK. Only one more comment and we must move on."

Every once in a while, refreshing ground rules for classroom discipline and respect is useful.

  Facilitating Discussion while Managing Debate
  Routines and Procedures: Facilitating Discussion while Managing Debate
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Virtually Scattered

Unit 11: Bivariate Data
Lesson 1 of 8

Objective: SWBAT represent bivariate data using a scatter plot and determine a line of best fit that models the data.

Big Idea: Using virtual manipulatives makes investigating correlation and best fit lines both more interesting and more fun.

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Math, Statistics, bivariate data, scatter plots, correlation, best fit lines, virtual manipulative, outlier
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