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ELA Teaching Strategies for Small Group Discussions

ELA Teaching Strategies for Paired and Small Group Discussions

Small group discussions are a beneficial way for students to share ideas in an informal atmosphere that is, perhaps, not as intimidating as whole class discussions. As a teacher, it is important to consider the goals for small group discussions.  Is it to create or reinforce basic understanding or to extend student learning? Do you […]

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How to Engage Introverts in Classroom Discussion

Introverts in Classroom Discussion

In my latest blog series, I’ve been focusing on classroom discussion:  technology tools, whole-class discussion strategies, the big-picture, and goal-setting. As a teacher, I see all kinds of good and sparkly rewards that come from discussion. I feel like Sam-I-Am…would you like discussion here or there…yes, I would like it anywhere! It is a real-world […]

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4 Goals for Classroom Discussion

This is the first post in my classroom discussion series, and the number of the day is four. I thought it would be helpful to chat briefly about four big picture goals of classroom discussion, four guidelines for creating discussion magic, as well as four characteristics of a successful discussion. Let’s get started! First off, let’s […]

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