Series Reading Like a Historian: Reading Like a Historian: Turn to Your Partner

Reading Like a Historian: Turn to Your Partner

Lesson Objective: Use physical position to facilitate collaboration
Grades 9-12 / History / Collaboration
2 MIN

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Discussion and Supporting Materials

Thought starters

  1. How could you use physical position to encourage other behaviors?
  2. Ms. Duvoor says this strategy helps her classroom feel more academic. Why?
  3. How does partner work help students become better at document analysis?

12 Comments

  • Private message to gwen purvis
Absolutely. The kids can talk/socialize with each other. They get kind of a break, and yet they also produce answers/opinions/etc during that time. It simulates what goes on in the real world, too.
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  • Private message to Juan Santos
Part of a teacher's hidden curriculum is to socialize students with each other. It rein forces ideas with each other over material they just learned.
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  • Private message to Kevin Guzman
Having students engage with one another allows students to share new or similar ideas. Also, the teacher does it great job instructing her students to physically move their chairs in order to communicate better with their partner. Turning to your partner could be useful before and after a lesson, as an intro or debrief. I love think pair share.
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  • Private message to Paloma Arias
In theory, it is polite to always talk to someone while you look at them directly in the eye. Students develop their listening and speaking skills. Also, some people lear best while interacting with another person to brainstorm more ideas.
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  • Private message to Milka Crisyan
It's a good video and very suitable to be applied in class.In cooperation with a partner can help students to understand what is not understood. In addition they can exchange ideas and enrich their knowledge.
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Transcripts

  • Reading Like A Historian: Strategy – Turn To Your Partner
    Program Transcript

    Duvoor:
    So, the first thing I’m going to do:

    Reading Like A Historian: Strategy – Turn To Your Partner
    Program Transcript

    Duvoor:
    So, the first thing I’m going to do: I’m going to ask you to go ahead and turn to your partner. Let’s go ahead and make sure we do that, let’s turn to our partners, turn to our partners. Okay. So, your 8 minutes to go ahead and read and answer the questions starts now.

    Shilpa Duvoor (Interview):
    So the reason I have kids turn—actually physically pick up their chairs and turn to their partner is that I find that lots of times when I say, “Okay, work together,” they don’t actually know what that really means or what that looks like. And so when I actually ask them to physically turn their bodies, they are way more engaged with each other and they are way more willing to actually talk through a document together.

    Student:
    (reading)
    “Taking into account the context of the time period and everything the British have done to the Indians, would you support Gandhi’s philosophy? Why, or why not?” I said yes.

    Student:
    You would just want to be peaceful and not fight back if they were, like, totally taking over your land?

    Student:
    Yeah, ‘cause if you fight back then you would lose—you could lose, like, a best friend or something.

    Shilpa Duvoor (Interview):
    And I find especially when they’re doing something like document analysis, which is not easy, it really helps to talk to somebody else to also verbalize what you are actually thinking about the document. So the turning to your partner really gets them to, like, make eye contact with their partner, gets them to ask more questions to their partner. And just that little shift, it really makes it feel like a more academic classroom, than if, you know, on a more—a classroom where the kids are really like looking out for each other versus just doing everything on their own.

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Summit Preparatory Charter High School
890 Broadway
Redwood City CA 94063
Population: 454

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