Constructive Classroom Conversations: Master the Language of the Common Core State Standards.
The Common Core State Standards for English ELA and Mathematics emphasize improving the quality of student-to-student discourse as a major feature of instruction. The new standards specifically describe the importance of students understanding the reasoning of others and engaging in meaningful conversations using evidence for claims. Yet this type of student-to-student discourse tends to be rare in classrooms. Common classroom activities such as whole class discussions, jigsaws, and think-pair-shares, can have the appearance of constructive interactions, but they often do not provide adequate opportunities for all students to engage in academically rich, back-and-forth dialogs.
The four main objectives of this course are for participants to:
- Develop a practical understanding of academically-engaged classroom discourse, with emphasis on what this looks like in linguistically diverse classrooms that are focused on teaching Common Core State Standards;
- Listen more carefully to student talk and use a discourse analysis tool to analyze student discourse, focusing on how interactions build disciplinary language, knowledge, and skills.
- Learn and practice practical teaching strategies for building students' abilities to engage in constructive face-to-face interactions;
- Collaborate with other educators and build professional relationships that result in an online community focused on improving students' abilities to engage rich academic discourse across disciplines and grade levels.
October 21, 2013 - December 09, 2013.
How to apply:
Apply Online (https://novoed.com/common-core).