Tag: discussion

Introverts and ClassDojo

Before winter break, I read the book Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverted Kids. It was enlightening for me on a personal level and as a teacher. Susan Cain talks about the qualities of introverts and their tendencies as students and people in other social situations. They tend to: Be quiet but on task … Continue reading Introverts and ClassDojo

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Rules for Discussion

While researching for my recent post about politics in the classroom, I came across this excellent quotation: "If children become accustomed to discussing their differences in a rational way in the primary years, they are more likely to accept it as normal in their adolescence. Citizenship education helps equip young people to deal with situations … Continue reading Rules for Discussion

Politics in the Classroom

In the midst of some intense political happenings in Washington, DC, it seems appropriate to ask:¬†how does a teacher responsibly and ethically handle, or remember regarding, politics in the classroom? Here is the fruit of my research: Recognize your own positions. We all develop beliefs in response to our perceptions, feelings, interpretations of the past, … Continue reading Politics in the Classroom

Socratic Seminars

We often talk about discussing the main themes of a text in class, but what does this mean? Are we telling the students the themes and providing evidence? Are they providing evidence for the themes we identify for them? Are students identifying the themes and the evidence? Is it a lecture or a large-group conversation? … Continue reading Socratic Seminars