Nicholas establishes expectations and debate routines with his students. Nicholas explains how student groups prepare for the class debate and he notices that different groups prepare for the debate in different ways.
After we have clearly established the expectations and clarified the process for the day, I give each group five minutes to get themselves prepared and organized to present their debates for the rest of the class. It is interesting to watch because there were a few different approaches taken during the planning and development process of the two days prior. Some groups had both positions of their assigned topic do research and planning together as a whole, while others had the different positions on the topic research and plan exclusively of one another. When the groups are preparing at this point in the lesson today, there are small indicators of these differences.
Kristal's students work in groups to analyze six different poems during a virtual gallery walk. As the students analyze the six poems, they participate in small group discussions. During the small group discussions, Kristal serves as time-keeper and facilitator.