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The Wingman: Engaging Reluctant Students

Lesson Objective: Engage reluctant students in discussion
All Grades / All Subjects / Participation
2 MIN

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Discussion and Supporting Materials

Thought starters

  1. How does this strategy help students learn from each other?
  2. What can you learn from Mr. Paris about engaging all students?
  3. How could this strategy be adapted for different activities?

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  • Private message to Ann Sues

This strategy helps students learn from each other by listening to eachother. They hear eachother's thoughts, point of view, unique perspective, and discuss ideas together to expand on concepts.

Mr. Paris helps engage all learners by holding each student accountable for their learning. They are given a specific job and in order for it to be successful, all students have to do their part. The wingman is able to participate/learn in a safer way by listening and recording.

This could be used for any small or large group discussion. When students know they are going to be documented and they have to explain their evidence they will take their time to constuct a good response.

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  • Private message to Ashley Peralta Griego
  1. How does this strategy help students learn from each other? This strategy helps students learn from each other by listening to eachother's reasoning, citing from the text (unpacking text and reading closely), as well as discussing ideas together to expand on concepts.
  2. What can you learn from Mr. Paris about engaging all students? This strategy from Mr. Paris helps engage all learners and their learning style by holding each student accountable for their learning. They are given a specific role/task and in order for it to work, all have to participate. The wingman is able to participate/learn in a less risky way by listening and recording the ideas presented within the group, and the speakers are held accountable for what they present to the group.
  3. How could this strategy be adapted for different activities? This could be used for any group discussion on a topic/learning target where students have to explain their learning as well as using evidence (as text, or examples) to support their answer. 
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  • Private message to Jordan Allcorn

How does this strategy help students learn from each other?  This strategy is specifically designed to engage students that prefer to remain silent during small group and large group discussion.  This gives them a specific task to contribute to the group without the pressure of having to speak publically.

What can you learn from Mr. Paris about engaging all students?  Often times it is easy to allow the discussion to be dominated by a handful of students.  But the strategy utilized by Mr Paris ensures students do not go unheard.

How could this strategy be adapted for different activities?  The is could he adapted to address large group activitites too.  You could assign individuals to take notes of a large group discussion.  Than these notes could be shared out as either an exit ticket or Bell Ringer activity the following day.

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  • Private message to Raven Groom
Having a military background, we were taught to never leave a wingman behind. This is a good engagement tool with allowing all students to participate. Thanks for the resources! I can't wait to incorporate them.
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  • Private message to Nikki Buckley
This is a very interesting strategy for cooperative learning activities. It is always challenging when students engage in group work because we know some students feel more comfortable than others contributing to the group’s discussion. This gives the reluctant student a task and makes them a part of the conversation, yet still allows them to “participate” in their own way.
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Transcripts

  • ECET - Strategies Florida - Sean Paris
    "The Wingman In Group Discussion"
    Program Transcript

    Sean Paris:
    Here are the rules of

    ECET - Strategies Florida - Sean Paris
    "The Wingman In Group Discussion"
    Program Transcript

    Sean Paris:
    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.

    Paris (Interview):
    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.

    Paris:
    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.

    Paris (Interview):
    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?

    Student:
    In paragraph seven it says, a seventeen or eighteen year old is considered more safer than a sixteen year old driver.

    Paris (Interview):
    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.

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Orange Grove Middle Magnet School
3415 North 16th Street
Tampa FL 33605
Population: 521

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