but the only way to start that is for the teacher to show her copy of the test! This shows the students that the teacher has marked on her book some unanswered questions, and some ideas and thoughts she had while reading. “Encouraging them to jot down both their questions and their analysis regarding nature and nurture on their “think sheets” (Tovani,33). After the students completed their “think sheet” she went around the classroom and talked to the student individually about what their specific question was and what they analyzed about the story. This is a great idea to do in a classroom of middle schoolers! If you called on a student to state their question in front of the class, they would be so nervous, and you would be sitting in silence for a while until they felt comfortable. Using this technique allows for a one-to-one contact with the teacher and the student, but also for the assessment of the students that are a little to shy to speak up about confusion. Lastly, the author pointed out a good fact that not just only teachers should know, but businessmen, politicians, literally anyone! In the article it states, “Asking even high- level questions doesn’t necessarily mean getting high-level answers from students came up with on their own” (Tovani,32). I understand the fact that we need to be pushing our students onto a higher level of blooms, but that is a gradual process. The students aren’t going to give the teacher a profound answer right after she has stated the end goal question that they will be able to answer at the end of the unit. Learning and assessment takes time and most of the time you have to follow the pace of your students and not the deadline you are trying to meet.
Article # 4 Designing Great Hinge Questions was my favorite article to read overall! The writer of this article is Dylan Wiliam did such an amazing job informing teachers how to use the “Hinge Question” method. When I first started reading, he stated that lesson plans never go according to plan, and that statement kind of made me a little worried. I am a little nervous to have my own
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- Fall '19
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