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Week 11: Next Steps


It took me a while to decide what to write about in week 11.  As I immerse myself in this work around oral language and think more deeply about teaching academic conversations, I am noticing more and more what students are actually doing or rather thinking.  Along with these formative assessments arise new questions and challenges every week.  I wondered, “What would people want to read about?” I hope this week’s highlighted successes, challenges, and next steps will be supportive in your work. 

What Does Good Listening Look Like?

“Much has been made for teacher modeling in literacy literature, followed by guided practice, and independent work.  Understandably, teachers have taken this to mean that they must model and think aloud constantly.  However, at times less is more, and teachers must also model what good listening looks like.”  ( Mason and Gallaway IRA, Reading Today Feb/Mar 2012.

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