Reflection: Student Ownership Reviewing Quality Discussion of Literature - Section 2: Discussion


In my video today, I observed one group flounder when they tried to start their discussion and mentioned that I didn't step in to help them get started. This might seem a bit counter-productive, but I had a purpose.

I believe my students (and I'm sure I'm not alone) are too reliant on me at times. Discussion is a skill we had studied in our previous unit; there was no reason they couldn't manage it today aside from time had passed between our last novel discussions and this one. They didn't need me support them beyond basic reminders, whether they thought so or not, and I was proven correct when they did eventually get started.

Had I helped them along at the start, I might have started a precedent for future discussions, and that wouldn't help them further develop the independent ability to start and maintain a discussion.

  Why I Didn't Help When a Group Floundered
  Student Ownership: Why I Didn't Help When a Group Floundered
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Reviewing Quality Discussion of Literature

Unit 3: Text Structure and Language Use in Literature
Lesson 3 of 15

Objective: SWBAT effectively engage in discussion by preparing and sharing quality questions and comments about a novel.

Big Idea: Prepare to participate through reflection on reading.

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