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November 5, 2016
This Week: Civic Engagement | Student Conversations | Building Fluency
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What do you do in your classroom to nurture academic discussion skills? How do you support students to talk about difficult subjects? Matthew Colley offers one great strategy to consider.
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Watch Sarah Brown Wessling demonstrate how movement during small group discussions can deepen student thinking and conversations.
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See how one teacher uses questioning to encourage academic discussion as students successfully cite evidence and use it to talk about math.
Notes from the Tch Laureates

My most satisfying moments as an educator are when I catch myself stepping back and listening to a classroom full of students engaging in rich discussions about content. After all, that’s what it’s all about, right? Providing the knowledge base and creating an environment that’s conducive to high-level discourse. This is when deep learning occurs. To the Moon or Using Engineering Design in the Classroom are two Tch videos that serve as great examples of high level discourse in my STEM classroom.

While the vast majority of teachers would agree this “guide on the side” approach is very effective, most would also agree this goal is very difficult to achieve. That’s why Tch has chosen to highlight academic discussion this week, sharing methods, tools, and videos to help us develop a culture that’s ripe for students to explore and discuss their ideas within our classrooms.

I’m looking forward to picking up some new ideas as well as interacting with you as we all continue to get better together.

crystal morey

crystals-SigTeaching Channel Laureate

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How you close a lesson is just as important as how you open it. If you’re looking for new ideas for how to wrap up your next lesson, here are five great things you can try.

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Q: What are some ideas for engaging kindergarten activities that will promote language development, inquiry, and exploration?
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Q: What are some strategies I can use to improve my questioning skills?
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Listen to our latest chat with Mary Cathryn Ricker, Executive Vice President of the American Federation of Teachers. Dive into the role of video in the classroom from a union perspective, as well as where unions stand on teacher professional learning and how they nurture teacher leadership.
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