Tuesday, October 25, 2011

October 17 - October 21

As keynote speakers at the teacher in-service day, Kylene Beers and Bob Probst presented many student-centered ideas regarding reading instruction.  Two of those ideas, student-generated discussion questions and student-generated vocabulary, resonated strongly within the context of my own practice.  As a result, students have been taught how to create thoughtful discussion questions as they read.  These questions can range from looking at big ideas to concepts that they are struggling to understand.  At the same time, students are indicating the terms from each chapter that they find the most challenging.  This week we used Lino, an online bulletin board to group terms together.  The most heavily populated groups indicated words that we would study as a group.

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