Monday, November 23, 2009
Therese H., Science Teacher at Mt. Blue, November 19, 2009
In order to do this, she had created a scavenger hunt that required her students to search the chapter and answer questions based on key text features, i.e. bold words, charts, diagrams, etc. The class had worked on this the night before and were debriefing during this session.
Therese uses this format in order to assess where the students are and clarify any misunderstanding. She does this by asking clarify questions, making clarifying comments, modeling her thinking, and helping students make personal connections to their own lives. In other words, comprehend the big ideas.
This is often a challenge when text books are too difficult for students to read. Often this results in students becoming disengaged and passive. The conversation in Therese's room was anything but! Bravo!