ECET - Strategies Florida - Sean Paris
"The Wingman In Group Discussion"
Here are the rules of engagement. You must listen to the people who are speaking, so don't just talk over one another. Make sure you are hearing what they're saying so that you can present a valid argument back if you disagree.
The wingman strategy is the best way I know of to engage the invisible student; the student that I don't hear from in class or the student that can't or won't participate.
A wingman is someone who is going to be observing people in her group. Alright? She gets a special page and she will be working with me later on on this. She's going to be observing people in her group, and she'll be looking for how many times you cite from text, how many times that you are off topic, and she's going to be writing down examples of the types of facts you pull out of the text.
The aspect of the wingman is my favorite part of this lesson. The reason I have the wingman is because there are students that are constantly left out of discussions. They're well-liked by their peers, so that's not the issue either. It's that they find themselves shutting down when it's their turn to talk. So the idea of the wingman is how do I get them to be engaged in a lesson, and feel safe, and not lose them?
In paragraph seven it says, a seventeen or eighteen year old is considered more safer than a sixteen year old driver.
With this particular lesson, the wingman was going to record input from the rest of the group, and then she had to write a reflection of her own, which brings her back into the lesson. So it keeps her in the discussion, but it lowers the risk for her, and the comfort level is eased. And the idea behind a wingman is it can be used anywhere. I just have to take the wingman sheet that I have and adjust it. So I can use it in any kind of discussion, I can use it in the classroom, and if I have a student that's causing me problems I can make that student the wingman, and now they have a responsibility. So, it works in every aspect of my classroom.