Reflection: Routines and Procedures Biographies: Filming - Section 3: Creating Biography Report Videos and Group Discussions


My students at this point in the year work very well in groups, but it never starts out that way. It takes practice, patience, and perseverance to make small groups successful in the classroom. After 12  years of teaching, I have learned a few tricks to make them more successful.  I start out with training. I model what the groups should look and sound like and I model several times before we being groups.  I also try to have as many parent volunteers as possible when doing small groups.  (Although often the volunteers cannot come the times I need them and it works fine without them as well.)  

I have a group reward system set up so that I can give points to groups who are working hard and staying on task.  The rewards I like to use are eating lunch in the classroom with me, extra recess, homework pass, etc.  

The students really do get to a point where they know what is expected and work well in groups.

  Training is Key
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Biographies: Filming

Unit 13: The Story of My Life - Biographies
Lesson 6 of 17

Objective: SWBAT participate in a group discussion on "Who Was Dr. Seuss?" Students will also create a video presentation of their biography reports.

Big Idea: Students will be participating in group discussions on chapters 6 & 7 in "Who Was Dr. Seuss?" We will also be filming video presentations of the biography reports the students wrote as a homework assignment earlier in this unit.

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