Name: Heather Tschoepe
1. This is an English I class in high school being taught by Daniel Robison. He is preparing
students for the state exam - the End of Course Exam. Most of the lesson will be focused on the
writing portion of the exam. Scores on the exam range from a 0 (no credit) to a 4 (the highest
He is starting to explain to the students what is expected of them, and how they will do the
3. Mr. Robison told the students they were going to work on preparing for the state exam. He
told them different portions of the exam and they were first going to work on the writing portion
of the exam. He then told them they were going to focus on brainstorming as a way to plan what
they were going to write. Listen how he uses the strategy of 'think aloud' to model how to
brainstorm. And did you just hear him remind students to write notes as he was wiring notes.
This was a way to get one or more students on task. He quickly looked up from his own writing,
saw students not taking notes and reminded them to get on task without stopping the lesson.
Reﬂect on the "think aloud" strategy. How does this help students? Reﬂect. Think of other ways
you can use this strategy.
He reminds the students they must be writing everything he
writes so they know what is going on, rather than being unfocused and dazing off. He wants the
students to be able to know what they are doing on their writing prompt for their exam. As they
brainstorm ideas, he writes the ideas down, and makes sure the students are doing the same. “Monkey