Question Stems

the ASK: I wondered how to help students go from passive and compliant during discussions to becoming more engaged. the TRY: Whether students are presenting, discussing, or talking about writing we must use every moment to further our conversations about our learning....

Adding Questions to Learning Purpose

the ASK: I wondered how to make the purpose statements I wrote every day more about an action for students. the TRY: On a whim one morning, I drew an arrow from the learning purpose to a question that created a learning action from the learning purpose. I’ve been...

Famous Pairs

the ASK: I wondered how else I could get students in pairs without numbering them off. (I also wondered how to get my sleepy 7:45 am students up and moving a bit more.) the TRY: I created a “deck” of famous pairs and then randomly distributed them among the class and...

Choral Reading to Reading Closely

the ASK: I wondered how to help my readers “zoom in” on a text in a different, more active way. the TRY: In a few minutes, we read the important passage a few different times, we wrestled with the words and the cadence of language in Oedipus the King and we set...

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