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Shifting the conversations has to start with me. The definition of conversation is "information interchange of thoughts, information, etc. by spoken words; oral communication between persons." I like the word interchange - I am drawn to the interchange on highways. Several cars going slow, too fast and just right. Similar to learning in my classroom. It helps me when I am making a shift in my teaching to have a visual. Charlie's Brown's teacher has been at the forefront of my thinking for several weeks. I am ready to shift gears to the analogy of the interchange.
I feel like I have adjusted to the differentiation of learners by using the cheat sheets that I mentioned last week. I have questions/statements for all my learners. Where I haven't transitioned is the need for teacher approval. I know I always give verbal reinforcements; however, I never considered the message I was sending.
- The teacher is correct when she says or writes, "Good job."
- Some (most) students wait for that approval.
- What message am I sending when students wait for my approval?
- I am going to continue thinking about the the language of conversations in my classroom. Any thoughts?