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9 minutes


Refine understanding of scientific concepts through small group and whole class discussions

Questions to Consider

  • What strategies does the teacher use to engage his students in discussions?
  • What strikes you about student discussions in this classroom?
  • How would you describe the teacher's role?

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Supporting Materials

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  • Instructional Plan.PDF

  • Worksheet: Investigative Design.PDF

  • Young Scientists’ Think Time and Student Work.PDF

  • Handout: Young Scientists’ Think Time Follow-Up.PDF

  • Teacher Commentary.PDF

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Teaching Practice Facilitating Academic Discourse

Grade 8 / Science / Classroom Talk

Facilitating Academic Discourse