Christina's students discuss a text in an inner circle. The students sitting in the outer circle evaluate the discussion. The students do three rotations between the inner and outer circle. Christina's students score and provide feedback to each other during this seminar using a rating scale rubric.
During the seminar today, there are two circles (one inside of another larger circle). Scholars who are participating in the discussion are in the inner circle. Scholars who are watching/listening and evaluating the discussion sit on the outside of the circle. Scholars discuss the following question: Describe how BeeBee, Darren and Kyle are alike and different. How do you think they will respond to the challenge of experiencing a tsunami? Scholars in the outer circle give an individual rating to their partner (person who has the same color post-it note on their desk) and an overall rating for the group. Here is the Rating Scale that scholars use. The rating is a simple 1 to 5. Five indicating everyone participates, discussion remains on topic, participants respectfully agree/disagree, discussion is interesting,and participants remain attentive. We will do three discussions each lasting 7 minutes so that each group of scholars have an opportunity to discuss. As scholars discuss, they can continue to take notes on their note taking template. Completed note taking templates are a part of their checklist items for the week. Also, we will debrief each discussion for 2 minutes before we switch to the next one so that scholars can have on-the-spot feedback and so that the next group can possibly benefit from the feedback.