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Discussion is the lifeblood of learning. And when it works, classrooms come alive. Students are engaged, ideas flow, and every voice is heard. Quality questioning can invigorate and sustain meaningful discussions that lead to deeper understanding of content, higher-level thinking, and greater achievement not just in academics but also in life. Based on the work of education consultants and best-selling authors Jackie Acree Walsh and Beth Dankert Sattes, this video takes you to middle and high school classrooms where teachers are using quality questioning practices to promote productive discussions. Walsh and Sattes present and analyze the DNA of productive discussions and discuss how a solid foundation supports different teacher-guided, small-group, and student-driven discussions. You’ll also see real-world examples of teachers planning for and conducting successful classroom discussions. Move students from passive participants to active meaning makers with Questioning for Classroom Discussion—Secondary.
(ASCD DVD, 2017) One 80-minute DVD
Learn how to use the Discourse and Writing Cycle, a highly effective instructional technique that takes the guessing out of the process of teaching writing across different subject areas in grades 4–12. The authors show content area teachers how the process of structured classroom discussion on a carefully chosen text, followed by writing, works in their grades—from upper elementary through high school classes in English language arts, math, science, and social studies—and provide clear models for implementation. Classroom examples and sample lessons make it easier for you to inspire students to become confident and competent writers.
Increasing students’ vocabulary is vital to their reading and learning success, and promoting the use of academic language in speech and writing will also encourage further understanding. In this guide, you will find strategies, games, and classroom essentials you can use to create vocab lesson plans that are both exciting and effective. Discover ways to engage students in vocab learning with word walls, learning stations, and brain-compatible lessons. Explore strategies and rubrics for assessing vocabulary learning, and plan how to team with your colleagues to increase vocabulary across your grade level or school.
Improving classroom discussion begins with transforming the roles of students and teachers. This guide details crucial teaching practices to help students take a leading role in their learning. Filled with tips, strategies, and examples, this guide can show any teacher how to better help students speak and listen to one another in ways that help them make meaning and increase their understanding.