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What are some good ways to keep discussions focused on one topic at a time? At times I want students to listen to one another and dig deeply into one another's thoughts, rather than having each student "whip around" and share.

Oct 13, 2014 7:08am

  • English Language Arts / Math / Science / Social Studies
  • K-6
  • Class Culture / Common Core / Engagement


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    • Oct 18, 2014 5:36pm

      I have sometimes had students indicate whether they wish to contribute a response or a new thread, and would give responses priority for a certain amount of time before calling on someone who had a new thread. This could be done through use of designated signals (holding up a 1 is a new question/ thread, 2 is a response) or colored cards, coded to indicate different types of contributions.

      • Oct 22, 2014 8:27am

        Thank you both for your answers, so very helpful. I am excited to roll a sentence starter at a time, building and helping them question one another and dig deeper.