2The Thinking Symposium March 2014 EOSDN Lucy West
3Overview Acknowledging What You Have Been Experimenting With Considering Some of Your QuestionsDiving Deeper into Classroom DiscourseResearchExamples from the Field
4Developing Discourse People reported working on: Think alouds whether students are right or wrongGiving students opportunity to “show” us their thinkingExplicitly teaching active listeningTalk moves and proactive circlesSubstituting timely feedback for praiseStaying with students through several exchangesAvoiding speaking for children and asking them to rephrase for each otherGetting students to explain, agree/disagree, determine reasonableness
5More examples People are working on: Using Dot Talks and Number Talks in HS classesKnowing what we want kids to know so we can highlight student work/thinkingEstablishing norms for classroom talkNaming criteria for good questions
6Your Questions How do you get deep thinking from reluctant learners? How do we invite all students—introverts/extroverts—into classroom discussion?How do we know we (teachers/students) have moved forward?How do we evaluate the thinking?What role might pedagogical documentation play?How to strengthen ESL student’s ability to actively communicate in the classroom?
7Reviewing Where We Left Off Discourse and Development of Thinking Go Hand In HandThree Basic MovesExamining episodes from actual classes
8Discourse and Thinking Evolve Together Dialogue requires a climate where it is safe for learners (adults and students) to:Come up with ideas (incomplete, way out)Think out loud (articulate partial understanding, express confusion)Explain their reasoning (misconceptions)Explore their understanding (dive deeper)
93 Basic Essential Talk Moves Turn and Talk—has the potential to get 100% of the students engaged and willing to take a standTell me more…OR Why do you think that?—puts the emphasis on finding out what others think and how they came to the conclusion they did. (Develops awareness, capacity to think about one’s thinking, reasoning, precision)Who can repeat/paraphrase what was just said? (Establishes clear expectation to listen; hones capacity to reflect on ideas, construct viable arguments)Talk moves on web site
10Your Questions How do you get deep thinking from reluctant learners? How do we invite all students—introverts/extroverts—into classroom discussion?How to strengthen ESL student’s ability to actively communicate in the classroom?
11Teachers improve their teaching when they: Look at actual instances of teaching and learning and we calibrate our lenses to identify effective instructionIdentify, name and practice specific teaching moves that make student thinking visibleCollaboratively plan lessons informed by continual inquiry into student responsesCollectively explore how to engage students in ways that are relevant and inviting in today’s world
12The Case of JoseJose is an ESL student, a former Sp. Ed. student, extremely reluctant learnerOne Week Summer Program for TeachersDay 4Small Group Work—Groups of 4Growing Squares: Build consecutive square numbers and find out what you can about how they grow. Create a poster and use models, tables, graphs, and language to express your ideas. Be prepared to share your findings with the whole class.
13Set Clear Expectations Everyone in your group needs to understand what is on the poster and be able to explain it.Everyone in the the group needs to contribute to what is on your chart paper.The chart must have examples of square numbers that are labeled, and table that shows the various dimensions and growth patterns of the square.The must include full sentences that describe the patterns of growth that you noticed.
14Reflecting on Jose Video Remember Kaizen (taking very small steps toward a goal).What were the small steps Lucy was attempting to take with Jose to encourage his participation and understanding?Please find handout on right side of folder entitled:Cultivating Classroom Discourse to Reveal Student ThinkingPlease read the document and consider the video again through this lens.
15Connecting Moves to Video Communicates through stance/affect: I know you can do this and I will stick with you until you do. You matter.Take a Non-Judgmental StanceYou are seeing a different pattern.Re-voice, Ask Questions, and ScaffoldWhere is your pattern on the chart?Where is the 25, 64?
17Doubt ManagementThe major difference between less skilled and more productive learners is not their intelligence, but their willingness to endure disorientation, that feeling of being lost or confused.
18Original Image Credit: Starting Line by Jon Marshall Licensed Creative Commons Attribution on November 4, 2012Quote from Grit: Perseverance and Passion for Long-Term GoalsDuckworth, Peterson, Matthews & Kelly, 2007ppSlide by Bill FerriterThe Tempered Radical
19Shifting Mindsets-From Fixed to Growth We believe in your potential and are committed to helping everyone get smarter.We value taking on challenges, exerting effort, and surmounting obstacles more than we value “natural” talent and easy success.Working hard to learn new things makes you smarter—it makes your brain grow new connections.School is not a place that judges you. It is a place where people help your brain grow new connections.Carol Dweck, Mindset and Equitable Education
21Towards Dialogic Teaching Please read subsection only:Seven Arguments for TalkCommunicativeSocialCultureNeuroscientificPsychologicalPedagogicalPolitical
22What questions might people who think critically habitually ask? How do you know that?What is your source? What is the source of that source?What evidence do you have? What further evidence do we need?How might I be wrong about this?What other perspectives might be valid here?What are the possible pitfalls?What haven’t we yet considered?
23Basic Repertoire of Kinds of Teaching Talk RoteRecitationInstruction/expositionDiscussionDialoguePlease read this section. Ask yourself, “What is the frequency of each of these kinds of talk in my classroom or the classrooms of teachers I supervise/coach?
24Unpack and Take A StepWhat is the difference between discussion and dialogue?If you agree that more discussion and/or dialogue would be beneficial to students, what would you need to learn and believe to increase the amount of discussion and dialogue in your class(es)?Consider the Essential Features of A Dialogic Classroom as you ponder the question.
25Basic, Beginning, Turn and Talk The Teaching ChannelHS History Class
26Getting Students to Listen Video-Paint the Porch
27Class VideoIt took 2/3 can of paint to paint 1/2 of the porch. How much paint will I need to paint the whole porch?Fifth grade classHeterogeneous group in Fl.Lucy is the “visiting teacher”Observing: teachers, coaches, administratorsFocus on increasing student understanding through talk
28Paint Porch-Segment 1Teacher: We’re thinking about the problem in similar ways. I’m going to have someone share their way of thinking about it. First I want you to think, “Do I understand what this person is saying? Do I get their thinking?” And if you don’t get her thinking you are going to ask her a question. And if you do get her thinking, I’m going to ask you to explain it or I might ask you to explain the other person’s thinking. So your job right now is to understand the picture that is on the board and the explanation that is going to come with it. Okay?
29Paint the Porch—Segment 2 Chelsea: Well, I was thinking half of the porch is two thirds and…Teacher: What’s two thirds? How could half be two thirds? [focus on meaning]Chelsea: Because…..I forgot.Teacher: What does this two thirds represent. What was the two thirds meaning? What is the meaning of the two thirds?Chelsea: two thirds…
30Combing Through The Transcript Please use the transcript.Compare it to the handout: Cultivating Classroom Discourse to Reveal Student ThinkingWork with a partner and identify the moves.
31How do you get started? Clear, explicit, expectations Naming the moves and practicing themSlowing down the conversationValuing ideas--staying focused on one idea at a timeUnpacking confusion, mistakes, conjectures as a community--everyone helpsStaying with a student long enough to understand the student’s thinkingComing back to students who are not fully engaging with an idea
32Know Your PurposeIf your purpose is to increase student discourse, invent ways to do that.Partner TalkFace your PartnerFishbowl/Video ExamplesAnalyze and make anchor chartsSmall GroupRoles to playWhole class:Socratic circlesInner and outer circles
33Cultivating Classroom Discourse To Make Student Thinking Visible: Operating Principles Please read over this document.Notice the questions offered in the example column and characterize the kinds of questions listed there.
34Effective Questions Depend on Purpose Why is it that we continue to talk about open and closed questions, higher order thinking questions, and so forth and the research shows very few teachers are using these kinds of questions often or well?
35Research Findings: Alexander Open questions made up 10% of the questioning exchanges (in 500 classes across 5 countries)15% of the sample did NOT ask ANY open questionsProbing the the teacher to encourage sustained and extended dialogue occurred in 11% of classesUptake questions occurred in only 4%43% of teachers did not use any such movesPupils’ exchanges were very short—5 seconds on averagePupil answers were limited to 3 words or less 70% of the time
36Learning from Research Questions are designed to encourage reasoning and speculation, not just elicit right answersOracy is regarded as no less important than literacyRelationships between talking, reading and writing is clearly articulatedSustained oral work in most lessonsPurpose of classroom talk is mainly cognitive—focused on developing thinkingTeachers model talk at its bestTalk between individual student and teacher is often sustained over a sequence of several exchanges
37Regina’s Logo: Assume the pattern continues to grow in the same manner Regina’s Logo: Assume the pattern continues to grow in the same manner. Find a rule or formula to determine the number of tiles in any size figure.Size Size Size Size 4
39Randall CharlesBIG IDEA-- EQUIVALENCE: This word or phrase is a name for the Big Idea; it is not the idea itself. Rather the Big Ideas are statements like the following: “Any number, measure, numerical expression, algebraic expression, or equation can be represented in an infinite number of ways that have the same value.”For ease of discussion I want to highlight some ideas that are in the article that will help you not only understand the article, but be able to articulate the idea.Articulating a Big Idea as a statement forces one to come to grips with the essential mathematical meaning of that idea.
40Homework from previous night Regina’s Logo: find a closed form and recursive equation to determine the number of squares in a size 13 logoDetermine what size a logo would be that had 53 squares.
41Upon Entering the Class Work in Groups of 3 or 4Discuss Last Night’s Homework:Compare the closed and the recursive equations you createdShare how you came up with themWhy they make senseWhy you need themThen work on Schemel’s logo—pages 3 & 4, #5-9
42The Video: Early Work on Talk The groups have completed their discussionsTwo students are at the board-one acting as scribe and the other facilitatorTeacher is off to the side of the roomTwo students have offered equations and one has offered a table which have been recorded on the boardWe drop in when the teacher asks how the students arrived at the equations
43The Class has already established that this is a linear equation and shared a couple ofdifferent yet equivalent equations which are onthe board.
44Giselle’s VideoWrite down what teacher is saying.
45Day 2—Welcome Back!Connections between Achievement Chart and Talk MovesNaming the repertoire of moves made by the teachers in the videos in response to studentsAssessment for learning (Informal)In real timeDescriptive and ObjectiveEvaluationAddressing the tension between assessing and evaluatingAcknowledging Paradox and Misalignment
46Repertoire of Responses Validation (You are seeing a different pattern.)Scaffold (So where does this pattern show up on the chart?Inclusion (Are you following what he/she said?)Backtrack (Trace the thinking to develop self-awareness/self-monitoring.)Redirect (Let’s go back to…)Probe (Explain your idea.)Encourage effort (Try again. You can do it.)
47Repertoire of Responses Invite discussion (Do you agree/disagree?)Return to the Key Ideas (How is this logo growing?)Ensuring Safety (You want to hear it again?)Make Connections (How is your equation connected to his equation?)Chunking (Wait. Who followed this so far?)Careful Choice of Solutions/Perspectives to Discuss (Ambiguous, faulty, sophisticated)
48Achievement Chart/Talk Moves More talk time helps students process (think), dig deeper (inquiry), communicate their ideas and apply their growing understanding.
49Is This Really an Either/Or? How is it possible to both cover the curriculum AND have students engage in rich, robust dialogue frequently?How might we need to think differently about the use of time in and focus of a lesson in terms of ‘covering the curriculum’ if we were to include substantial time for substantive discussion/dialogue in our classrooms to increase student understanding and application capacities?
50A Both/And Perspective Assessment can be enormously constructive in teaching and learning and also enormously destructive.Pollard and Tann…assessment debate awash with hidden assumptions, unstated views, partial truths, confusion, irrelevant emphasis and jargon.Derek Rowntree
51When and How Do We Assess Assessment through conversationAssessment through the use of videoAssessment through student work samplesAssessment through stop and jot momentsAssessment through exit ticketsSelf, peer, teacher, coach, authentic audience assessmentBefore, during, at the end and after, through reflection
52Stance of AssessorVisible listening—notes, slides, videos to understand student’s path’s, processes, thinkingPedagogy of listening throughout a lesson (e.g. classroom discourse, stop and jot, inviting questions)Inquisitive and responsive—tell me more, show us what you mean, give an example, draw, write, describe, explain, help me understand, convince me
53Assessment for Learning Assessment can help all students to be more motivated if teachers:Emphasize real progress and achievement rather than failureEmphasize effort rather than abilityEmphasize progress against previous personal bestAvoid or play down comparison with othersRaise their awareness regarding the impact comments and grades can have on confidence and self-esteem
54Assessment for Learning Assessment can help all students learn if teachers:Are clear with learners about what they are being asked to learn and how they will know they have been successfulHelp them become more aware of how, as well as what, they’re learningHelp them to reflect on their strengths and weaknessesGive them guidance/feedback on how to improve and opportunities to do so
55“The most powerful single influence enhancing achievement is feedback” Quality feedback is needed, not more feedbackMuch of the feedback provided by the teacher to the student is not valued and not acted onStudents with a Growth Mindset welcome feedback and are more likely to use it to improve their performanceOral feedback is much more effective than writtenThe most powerful feedback is provided from the student to the teacher
56Revisiting the Turkey Problem It takes 15 minutes per pound to cook a 24 lb. turkey. How long does it take to cook the turkey?Third grade class.Clip 1 from last session: 360 minutes = 6 hours, count jumps of 15 minutes, circle every 4 jumps and get 6 hoursClip 2: A shortcut: count 12 jumps of 30 (halving and doubling strategy)Are the students having a discussion or a a dialogue or are there elements of both?
57Work with a Partner Write down verbatim what different students say. You will use these notes to assess the students in the class.
58What is the evidence?What did each of the students who spoke understand?What confusions surfaced? Did any student work through any aspect of the confusion? What is your evidence?Based on what you observed, what might be your response in terms of instructional moves in subsequent lessons?Is it okay for students to leave the discussion not fully understanding this new strategy? Why or why not?
59Now What Learning is messy. Different students understand different aspects of topics under discussion.How might continued dialogue begin to build coherence across the varied types of understanding in the whole group?What strategies can a teacher use once these differences emerge to ensure that the varying levels of understanding are being addressed?
60From Assessing to Evaluating Assess everyday in every momentFind some way to document what you are noticingFind some way for students to document what they are learning about their learning, progress, and next steps
61How effective are the following examples of commonly offered feedback? Good Job or Excellent, or Well DoneSmiley FaceThink!Read the Problem!Careless Error—Do Over72% or 90% or 83%Grade: A, B, C, D, F
62What is effective feedback? Feedback that results in the recipient’s desire and capacity to take further action that improves the product or skill the learner is developing.Who can provide effective feedback to students?Who can provide effective feedback to teachers?
63Written Feedback Clear Focused on one important action or idea Usually in question formRequires action and resubmissionThe final product is the only product that matters—not partial credit—reaching standard or above should require effort and effort is more important than speed, or “already knowing”
64You and Your Colleagues Offer A New Policy that Addresses the Following: To what extent should:students be compared to (a) a standard and (b) to each othergrades reflect (a) a students performance at the end of the learning period or (b) a student’s progress during the learning periodgrades reflect academic enablers e.g. effort, attendance, completion of assignments, participationgrades reflect the specific depth of knowledge ( e.g. discrete facts; concepts; problem solving)
65Beginning with the End in Mind The percent of a student’s final grade devoted to each of the 4 dilemmasin the current policyin the proposed policyThe rationale for the changeThe expected impact on student performance – which students will benefit from the change and which will notThe expected responses from various stakeholders and how to address those responses
66Before you start, negotiate: How many people on a team at your tableHow many teams at your tableHow the teams will ensure that every voice is heardHow each team will ensure that every team member is listening to the ideas of othersHow team members will manage time and record ideasEach team will be given 15 minutes to start.
67Table GroupAt the end of 15 minutes the table group will reconvene to hear from each teamThe table group will synthesize the ideas of the sub-teamsEach table group posts on go-to meeting the ideas/suggestions/questions at play at their table