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Name: Heather Tschoepe Date: 5/12/2020 Kristen Wachsmann AP World History 1. This is an Advanced Placement World History class being taught by teacher Kristen Wachsmann. She is using a teaching strategy called Inner/Outer Circle. As you watch, think about why she is using this strategy and watch what she is doing while the students are participating in the lesson. Also watch and listen to the students as they participate in the lesson. This type of strategy is allowing the students to discuss and teach the lesson to the other students. Instead of the teacher being the one to stand in front of the class, the students get to feel like they are in charge of the lesson. The teacher sits back and takes notes and guides the students in the direction they need to be going in. Each student takes turns to ask certain questions, while another student answers. If the students do not know the answer, another question is asked by another student. The one observation I did notice is there is the same students always responding, while some really just sat there and listened. Maybe an uncomfortable situation for the students, or the camera makes them nervous to interact. 2. What have you observed? What have you seen and heard? Stop and reflect. Mrs. Wachsmann is using this teaching strategy as a way for students to review material they have been asked to read outside of class and also concepts they have discussed in class. You will hear more about this strategy later. Notice that the students are looking at their notes and also taking notes. The students in the outer circle are asking questions of students in the inner circle. They obviously had to prepare for this activity and likely have spent a long time learning how to participate in this type of activity. You have seen Mrs. Wachsmann taking notes while the students are speaking. Also notice that a student came in late and Mrs. Wachsmann quickly got the student involved in the activity without interrupting the group.

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