Developing Collaborative Conversations Through Literature Circles



welcome back but I don't think Johnny wouldn't open that because he didn't say anything right after when it was just like it's dead silent he said yeah you're right now that's true so that's why you wouldn't and something that was kind of in shock I want to go back to what you said that Johnny probably wouldn't say anything back so I feel like that would just like add on to the Ponyboy just not saying anything more because y'all oh because you know how they say he's kinda like the collaborative learning I like to use in my classroom in various settings so for this particular lesson students are reading The Outsiders by se Hinton and it deals a lot of with adolescent issues it's important when you're doing collaborative learning to have a highly engaging topic The Outsiders it's one of the most popular books students love to read The Outsiders and the way I do it is I like to add nonfiction text to that and so they're still engaged and they're still interested in the outsiders and they're making connections now to outside sources so they're still getting that rigorous understanding and level of learning thank you three two one sounds like the discussion is over raise your hand really quick a volunteer if you can tell me how this connects to the outsider it's just based on what you've read so far Michael this connection that all cider is because the greasers are a group that shares similarities and that's what clicks on okay good and thank you for using complete sentences perfect go ahead and continue reading with your partner your time starts now so in the beginning of the year I set the stage for collaborative learning by really reviewing what it is that I expect from them in a collaborative learning setting so the first thing we do is we practice our transitions so transitions are very important especially in collaborative learning where students are taking ownership of their learning so we process transitions then we practice the use of academic sentence names this is what I want to listen and hear in the collaborative conversation so we practice the use of academic sentences then students are required to implement those in their literature circles or any collaborative setting all right thank you three two one what are some examples or sentence stems that someone can use to show that you are listening buddy so what you're saying is repeat after me so what you're saying is so what you're saying is okay and then you can repeat the information back to the speaker that will show me okay the student is listening but it doesn't stop there you don't just repeat the information back you use that to either agree disagree or to add-on okay more specifically I'd like you to add on to the conversation okay introduce some new ideas so I give them a sheet where they can write down their group rules on that sheet there then required to sign it and this really is just serves as a reminder when they keep it on their desk it serves as a reminder what they have to hold themselves accountable to so what do you guys have so far what's the run rule everybody miss participation everyone must participate in the conversation why so nobody will get like it's not gonna be fair to both other groups like only that person is not talking no interrupting so how can you prevent each other from interrupting yes yes right the cube the signals that we practiced right so try it practice it good all right stay on task on topic what do you mean so students were participating in literature circles where they all have different roles and they prepare for their roles and eventually we have our actual literature circle where they discuss the texts yeah in the book it said that when Q was having is like meltdown when he was just like everything is so unfair for us and he was listing off for all his friends like how so I had to drop out of school to support them it said that dairy was going gray early so he's probably like stressing and overworking himself and growing up you're soon just growing up too fast yeah that's like dairy cuz he doesn't smile anymore because he has like a lot of thing in in his hands like problems fight the game Johnny but I think we should really recognize how important the whole yelling at soda thing is because he yeah you never real oh yeah I agree with both he yells but not that soda because they're like really close so this says in the book that he turned on him and I was surprised when I read that because like he never yelled at soda nobody on one show that like I think nobody gets a soda at all it seemed like because it said that soda was on the one who actually made him laugh and teased him and there you can holler damn yeah and didn't get mad I think he had enough really surprised to hear that very just like when I was shopping when I was close to tears I know just like very surprising that you just read that all of a sudden very turned on him and I think that very turned on him and because I think he had enough all this stress I think yet enough of all the things that in his hands I could you know how much but I referring back to what you said earlier when your the discussion directed so I have a rubric and I like to use it and it helps me when I have to go back and grade their literature circles or their collaborative learning so I use the rubric and just take notes down and I have proficient emerging or satisfactory and depending on where the students have placed I make some notes and adjustments and that feedback then I give back to them for them to make adjustments for their next you setting good job excellent discussions excellent conversations came what you're gonna do in just a second is complete your reflections I want you to really reflect on yourself and each other okay please answer the questions in between the reflections make sure you complete the sentences can everybody you should have this on your desk so turn to it everybody go to this section that says reflect on your group members participation see where it says the group members name look at the box next to the group members name it has n I s and oh now if you go at the very so what I do is I prepare my students to reflect on themselves and each other so they really have to be honest with one another in fact this is a discussion they have with their group members before they actually grade one another and so what they do is they grade themselves first and how they performed in the literature circle then they look at their group members and evaluate their performance so I make it a to give some positive feedback and some constructive criticism then they when they reconvene as a group they go ahead and just share out how they felt about their performance and their group members performance from my perspective I think that we should probably be okay I don't really know like great myself because I really that I judging myself yeah I am too yeah in my opinion I think a Heuer Ofsted if you add up the competition you build on it you like extend it to like I think it's kind of like not appropriate voice I'm like Aloha you know louder but the cat are gonna really hear you because your voice is so like but you everybody else is just like you to both you guys everything else about you guys were just outstanding and it's important for students to collaborate because it offers them an opportunity to really be engaged in what it is that they're working on collaborative learning is really important for common core common core tasks that students are prepared for colleges and jobs and so collaborative learning really gives kids that experience to work with one another learn from each other and bounce ideas off of each other and so in a collaborative learning setting students are getting those skills that they need for college and high school and just in life discussion directors choose your last question and if you're still on the same question that's fine you can continue having those conversations your time starts now you still live because you can't really yeah I can come up with something spot you would come with which character would you guys most relate to why I think I don't know to be honest I mean I really do that no boy or you're gonna have a mood and you always yeah you're always gonna happen you just like soda pop you always make everybody laugh I'm always fun I know this so yeah I think that's why you

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