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From: PrincesRed@aol.com
Date: Wed Sep 26 2001 - 09:56:10 EDT

  • Next message: Becky Jenkins: "[Teacher-TalkNovel] socratic method (Rebecca Jenkins)"

    I also think that this method could be invaluable with helping students learn
    question and and respond using the text as support. Thirty students is a
    number, but it can still work
    I am currently working to introduce a similar method of discussion circles in
    seventh grade class of 27 students. I introduced to method with a general
    discussion focusing on the type of questions and responses. Then we tried
    questioning method in a large group setting going paragraph by paragraph of a
    story we were all reading. The next step is to break them into four groups.
    group is to go through the reading paragraph by paragraph allowing each
    person to
    comment or question the passage. My part in this will be to move between he
    groups adding to the discussion and making sure everyone has a chance to
    participate. At the end of the class we come together as a class and a
    for each group summarizes what they discussed. Eventually, I hope that the
    will not need to go paragraph by paragraph, but in such a large class setting
    I think
    that we have to begin very structured and release slowly.
    I also found that many students did not know how to question to text. By
    taking the
    first class to demonstrate how to question the text it quieted a lot of their
    Good luck.
    Glenda Weber


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