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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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Creating Meaningful Questions

Teach students to write thoughtful questions using sentence stems.

James Stephens once said, “we get wise by asking questions, and even if these are not answered, we get wise, for a well-packed question carries its answer on its back as a snail carries its shell.” To ask a “well-packed” question; yes, that’s what I want my students to know and be able to do. But how? […]

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