I love my students. I love to engage them, to see them having fun in class, and all the other things that teachers love; but I don’t teach many “honors” students. My kids struggle with focus and priorities. After reading about “Notice and Wonder” from various #MTBoS followers, I decided to use that kind of strategy whenever I have to do direct instruction. Here’s an example prompt (click here).
Once I plant the seed for thinking, students share their thoughts with their seatmates. as I am checking to make sure they all anticipate, analyze, and conjecture accurately. Some are moving ahead in their pre-printed partial examples, figuring out what next logical steps follow. I can quickly scan notes for students who are thinking ahead as I am checking students who process more slowly. For those students who beat me to the finish, I direct their next steps (like to begin their homework) . Faster students are happy because they can get onto other things. Slower students get one-to-one guidance. I am calling this method:
I create – You anticipate – I assess
…but that’s not as catchy as I do – We do – You do…so please make suggestions if you have ideas!