Reflection: Trust and Respect Metacognition: Tuning in to the little voice inside your head - Section 4: Closing


Reading partnerships are a key component to Reader’s Workshop in my classroom. I choose the students’ partners based on academic ability, personality, and behavior. I used to try to pair higher achieving students with struggling students in the hopes of lifting the struggling student up in knowledge or confidence but I quickly learned that the higher achieving student often dominated the conversation and the thinking.  I found similar results when pairing outgoing students with shy students and you can guess which one always dominated in that situation! When I choose partnerships now, I pair students of like ability so that the conversations are reflective of their true understanding of a concept. I also consider their personalities and pair outgoing students together, who have to learn and practice to be good listeners, and I pair quieter students who have to learn how to share their thoughts and opinions. I even pair my more “rambunctious” students with each other so they can learn how to focus and be accountable for the tasks I’ve asked of them. These partnerships last throughout the whole year so that the pairs of students get to know one another, feel comfortable with each other, and have a good understanding of the way the other one thinks and acts. Of course, there are times when a pair isn’t working that needs to be changed. Or you might notice that the pairs need a good shake up halfway through the year to freshen things up. But most of the time, it is very effective to keep the partnerships consistent. Partners are expected to sit next to each other at the carpet so that when I say, “turn and talk,” they can quickly turn and begin the conversation. Partners are also expected to have a meeting spot so that they can quickly find each other at the end of Reader’s Workshop on days that they are asked to share what they’ve noticed. Establishing partnerships takes a bit of time in the first couple weeks of the school year, but the time is well spent and will benefit you and the students all year long.  

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Metacognition: Tuning in to the little voice inside your head

Unit 1: Metacognition Unit
Lesson 1 of 5

Objective: SWBAT become aware of their own thinking and use their thoughts to enhance reading comprehension.

Big Idea: Understanding the act of thinking.

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