Thoughts to keep in mind for school year 2007-08 (based on my summer reading):
1. Discussion –
-- discussions of more than 10 min, 80% of students should participate
--discussions of more than 30 min, all should participate
--teacher-talk -- 30%, student-talk -- 70%.
-- every 10 seconds, observer notes the type of discussion (see p. 100 for checklist)
b. Question-answer relationships (QAR) (Reflective, p. 104) –show students the different types of questions
-- use the “uptake” method (p. 106)
c. Reading Level Response (RLR) (Reflective p. 148)
-- give this list to kids, refer to it often during discussions throughout the year.
--possibly use RLR guidelines (151) for SRJs??
-- perhaps I could assign different levels for different reading assignments?? (This Chapter 10 (reflect) is a good one.)
d. criteria for discussion – (from Adolescent Literacy, 57. Give to students??
2. Thinking, being good students
a. difference between declarative knowledge and procedural knowledge
-- I should be teaching mainly procedural knowledge (how to do things) (Reflective, 190)
b. metacognition – thinking about a) what you know, b) what you are currently doing, c) what your current cognitive or affective state is.
-- see metacog list in Adolescent, 36.
c. what is a good student? and scenarios for discussions about what makes a good student (Reflective, 194)
d. the essence of understanding (Adolescent, ch. 4)
--see list of “dimensions of understanding” (35), and perhaps give these to students
e. “thinking maps”, Adolescent, 251-)
3. Communication between teacher and student
a. letters between me and the students???(Adolescent, ch 9)
a. Burke – (Adolescent, ch. 10) A VERY GOOD CHAPTER
-- Daniel Pink on “symphony”, the importance of synthesizing (154)
a. characteristics of effective writing – AN INTERESTING LIST, (Adolescent, 196)
b. writing/revision groups: (Adolescent, 223, GREAT GUIDELINES
C. writing on demand –
--prompt analysis questions – (from Writing on Demand), 67 –EXCELLENT FOR TEXTBOOK