Category: Teaching Strategy

Enhancing Discussion Through Technology: Fostering Student Talk and Classroom Dialogue – Part 4

A few months ago I was in Cupertino Unified School District observing in an eighth grade classroom. The students speaking and listening skills were impressive, and their teacher, Christine Kowalishen, credits regular classroom discussion enhanced with technology to increase engagement and accountability, for their proficiency. Here’s how it went.

Eight students sat at a central table discussing an interpretive question about John Updike’s story, A & P. They made clear claims, used academic language, consistently referred to the text, questioned one […]

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