Reflection: Intervention and Extension Discussing Their Eyes Were Watching God In the Physical World And Online, Day 1 of 2 - Section 4: Class Discussion


There was a good level of participation in the discussion. When you look at the results on the document I used to track the discussion, it does seem concentrated among certain students. I initially worried about this when I saw this after class. However, at this point, the students who are not participating in discussions are special cases. They are extremely shy and I think the structure and strategies in this discussion activity will not work for them. Some of the other students were not participating as much during earlier discussions and that is not the case any more. There has been improvement. For the five students who said nothing, I need to figure out a way of getting them to participate. Next time I plan on working with them in advance to help them plan on a couple of things they can say during discussion and then calling on them directly during discussion so they can speak. Before that, though, I need another one-on-one conversation with them to get an idea of what is going on. I thought the online component was going to make it easier for these students to contribute to the discussion, but it didn’t quite turn out that way. A couple of them said one thing and the other ones said nothing online. All other students made multiple comments online.

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Discussing Their Eyes Were Watching God In the Physical World And Online, Day 1 of 2

Unit 2: Writing About Their Eyes Were Watching God
Lesson 4 of 11

Objective: SWBAT participate effectively in a large group discussion by preparing questions in advance and interacting virtually and in-person.

Big Idea: Two opportunities to express ideas: in the physical world and in cyberspace.

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