Yesterday I led the students through a quick mini-lesson about the characteristics of a discussion found on the "Bounce Card". My kids understood what it means for everyone to participate, maintain eye contact, and talk enough, but not too much. They were stumped when it came to being aware of your body language. The kids thought body language is the vocabulary we use when referring to our body parts. (Note to self: NEVER assume the kids know the vocabulary I'm using.) We practiced different types of body language and finished up our mini-lesson.
|4th grade reading their texts and jotting down ideas.|
Then we got ready to share. Everyone brought their discussion jots, "Bounce" card, and 2 talking tokens to the table. I told the students that I would be making a video of the discussion for us to analyze later. I asked, "Who will be brave and get the discussion started?" Brave souls threw out their talking chips and the discussion began.
I was so proud of the discussions that followed. The kids were so excited to talk with each other about the book. Everyone participated. Several friends "bounced" ideas off another classmate's comments. The discussion wasn't perfect, but it was great for the first try.
|Discussing the book.|