Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Who is Thinking More?
As I drop in on the above conversation and listen closely, I am a little dismayed on how the conversation is focused on the literal and not moving towards a higher level. As you can see in the picture all the "tools" are in place now we need to focus on the conversations. I have to admit I am stuck with moving conversations forward this year. We created an anchor chart for sentences starters to help students lift the level of conversations. I have used modeling in my mini lessons, and I have tried the "fishbowl" with conversations. Several students want to meet my expectations and "check" the teacher boxes. I wonder if I have structured too much? Is that possible?
We are getting ready to begin our first round of book clubs. We are starting with picture books, and my students are going to be given guidelines but not check off lists. I have really modified how I introduced clubs this year because I believe this group is too dependent on me. I am leaving doors more open and scaffolding that is not as rigid. I am taking my own advice that I have given out so many times. Allow my students this year to lead the lessons or in this case change the lessons. My goal is more interdependence and less dependence on me.
Last Friday, I was at a full day PD on Common Core. The presenter asked a question that really opened my eyes and made me pause. "Who is thinking harder in your class this year? You or your students?" I know my answer and at this point in the year, there needs to be a shift.