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Monday, November 17, 2008

Guiding Student Discussions - Ideas from Janet Benedetto

Adapted from: Around the Reading Workshop in 180 Days by Frank Serafini

Helpers:
  • looking at each other when speaking
  • asking each other questions
  • listening and caring about what each other thinks and says
  • talking so everyone can hear
  • learning to politely disagree
Blockers:
  • playing around in groups
  • being rude
  • constantly interrupting others
  • allowing one person to do all the talking
  • not coming to the group with your own ideas
  • not talking
  • saying you are done when there may be more to say
We might use this as a framework and begin to add discussion extenders:)

Thanks, Janet

For more information Janet can be contacted at: janet_benedetto@jayshools.org

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