Critical and creative discussions that are student-centered* (Farris, Ch.…
Critical and creative discussions that are student-centered*
Farris, Ch. 2
Structuring the classroom so they feel comfortable enough to contribute ideas to the discussion.
Interdisciplinary Instruction: roots in progressive education, constructivist approach
Essential Elements of Literacy Learning: listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing, visually representing.
The goals of interdisciplinary instruction are to tach the way students learn, encourage decision making, and create engaged citizens.
Nurturing sustained interest over time
Variety of perspectives
Decomposition of Leading a Group Discussion
teaches the ability to share, justify and defend own ideas
Teachers and students use one another's ideas as resources.
Students discussed their thoughts on killing ants.
Jet mentioned that it is not okay to kill any liviing thing
Students brainstorm ideas to keep ants out of their classrooms: sweeping up crumbs, cleaning spilt juice.
This discussion created more "personal responsibility" in Cowhey's students.
"Baseball Saved Us"
Ben began to think critically about how he'd feel if his family was in similar situations as the characters in the books.
"Hey Little Ant"
Students discussed why it was wrong or right to step on the ant.
Lead to the discussion of "what is power?"- strength of words, strength of illustrating, strength of bravery
I really liked how one students said the ant was more powerful because he had the power to make the boy stop.