Series: Success at the Core: Active and Exploratory Instruction

Facilitating Academic Discourse
Lesson Objective: Refine understanding of scientific concepts through small group and whole class discussions
Grade 8 / Science / Classroom Talk

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Thought starters

  1. What strategies does the teacher use to engage his students in discussions?
  2. What strikes you about student discussions in this classroom?
  3. How would you describe the teacher's role?
11 Comments
This teachers approach of making everyone feel comfortable and part of the classroom environment is great. In addition, I love how he uses a koosh ball to increase students sharing their specific ideas throughout the classroom while encouraging student thinking and inference skills.
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You can tell he forms postive relationships with his students. He talks to them in the hall, greets them at the door and shows he cares. What a great teacher!
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Excellent planning and reflection. Thank you!
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this MAN is a TEACHER...so impressed how literacy and thinking are not compartmentalized but integrated...so highly impressed. Thank you for the inspiration! THAT is why i went into education...bless you.
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This is what separates an average teacher from a great one....let the facilitation begin!
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School Details

Shaw Middle School
4106 North Cook St
Spokane WA 99207
Population: 591

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