A buzzing classroom is where it’s at in my opinion.
Here are some more take aways.
Stdents sit “Elbow elbow, Knee Knee” with their buddies to discuss. This one works in every subject for just about anything. I especially like it when I see the same 3-4 hands going up again and again. I’ll say something like, “Hmm. I’m noticing the same people wanting to share but I’d like to hear from everyone. Turn to your elbow buddy and tell them…xyz.” Then 30 seconds later when I reel them back I’ll say, “NOW, who can tell me xyz.” All the hands go up. It’s short, pointed discussion time, and for many of them it helps gets those schemas up and moving again. Now they’re ready to bring something to the table. They just needed to get those mouths moving again!!! 🙂
Modeling Discussion Language
This is something I think I’ve gotten better about doing this year but deff. think I need to work on more. I’m the first one who will tell you that it’s critical to model e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. in the primary grades. But sometimes, I need to remind myself that I still need to model things again and again and again. Including the type of language we want our kids to use.