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Welcome to my blog!I'm a teacher of fourth graders in a beautiful, small, rural town. I moved here a few years ago, but I have taught 19 of my 24 years in this same small town that is now my home. My experience is in teaching second, third, and fourth grades with one year in sixth grade. I am always reading, learning, and reflecting on what goes on in my classroom. I love the work that I do with the parents, my fellow teachers, and most all-my students.I hope you will enjoy reading my blog.
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Friday, July 1, 2011

Fab Friday- Reciprocal Teaching and Teaching With Intention

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Planning, purpose, and design…
Carrying on with the theme behind Teaching With Intention by Debbie Miller, I put together a video of one of my classes using the Super Six Strategies.These are the basics  of how I want my reciprocal groups to look and sound next year. To get the groups to look and sound this way takes  some effort: step-by-step training and high expectations. You will  see that kids are using prompt cards that I created. I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted so I took what I thought would best work for me while giving my kids the support they needed. This idea worked very well. I  also modeled the strategies as a whole group several times until we had the roles down along with the pass. ( I have the students pass the cards after each paragraph or page so that every member has several roles during a reading time). The students already knew the six strategies so it was just a matter of having them speak their parts and pass to their right. It seemed a bit mechanical at first, but as we used these groups, that was no longer an issue.  The cards were numbered so there was little confusion about who had a turn and what each role was.  Also, it is important to note that this class has used cooperative groups many times. They are well-versed in the procedures of working together and setting a goal to finish a task.  Each card prompts the member of what to say along with what the group might say so it’s understood that everyone has to perform to get the group’s work done successfully.  I have to say that they did an excellent job on keeping their groups on task. There were a few times that you can hear another group. That was another procedure lesson about voice level. It’s easy to address some of these problems when the group either ends a session or starts a new one.



This video is actually from one of the first lessons where the groups used the six strategies because I was amazed at how smoothly class ran and also at how well  they problem-solved and often answered their own questions, and I wanted to document how well this group worked together. I will use this as a training video for the groups I will teach  next school year.



I will be adding handouts for the expectations of working together and the prompt cards over the next several posts.

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