Collaborative Conversations

Begin with the end in mind...

How are you feeling about what is going on in education? By now, everyone who needs to implement the Common Core State Standards has begun the transition from using current standards to the national standards. While feelings are often not considered “data”, it is worth considering when everything we do is influenced by how we feel, which influences how we think, and what we think influences the actions we take.

Week 36: Process

Eventually, students will need to produce a product to demonstrate their understanding and application of knowledge.  However, I found to get there, I need to really take a close look at the process to get to that point.  Like any journey, you have the destination in mind. You have a map and maybe even a step-by-step direction outlined to get there.

Week 35: Roles

 

Week 33: Collaboration

 

What are the steps to address the two topics Comprehension and Collaboration and Presentation of Knowledge under the Speaking and Listening Strand in the CCSS?  

Week 32: Small Group Academic Conversations

 

The goal is independence! Can first graders conduct small group discussions without the teacher?  This week, I gradually released my first grade students to have small group academic conversations independently to find out. 

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