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Week 3: What are students taking on?


To meet the overarching goal of Speaking and Listening Common Core State Standards number 1 – Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1 level topics and text with peers and adults in small and large groups, I have focused on management in week 1 by working on routines and procedures and 1a. - Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions in week 2 by creating and keeping the norms.  In week 3, I focused on assessing what students have taken on so far. 

Week 2: Keeping the Norms and Norm Keepers


Week 2: Keeping the Norms and Norm Keepers

Week 1: Establishing Routines and Creating Norms


Week 1 

In my experience, you have to go slow in the beginning to accelerate learning the rest of the year.  I also know, a well thought out room environment can eliminate behavior problems.   With the increase in class size from 20 to 30, it’s more important than ever for every student to be able to self regulate if I’m going to meet everyone’s varying needs.  

An OLD noticing for this week...

The importance and purpose of oral rehersal has been the topic kicking around my brain this week. 

What Does Good Listening Look Like?

“Much has been made for teacher modeling in literacy literature, followed by guided practice, and independent work.  Understandably, teachers have taken this to mean that they must model and think aloud constantly.  However, at times less is more, and teachers must also model what good listening looks like.”  ( Mason and Gallaway IRA, Reading Today Feb/Mar 2012.

Generating Norms

 “Central to developing classroom contexts where rich oral language development occurs, is the establishment of a norm that promotes listening.”  (Mason & Gallaway, IRA, Reading Today Feb/Mar 2012)

If I’m going to teach students how to have a conversation, which involves listening and speaking, the classroom rules did not suffice to support behavior management. So, I thought why not set norms like most adult discussion groups do to have a productive conversation.


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