“Ben and Deb have just asked a great question and it relates to this problem on the board.
Put your hand up if you know that you understand this. Be honest. OK, five students, great. You five can listen for the next few minutes or you can continue working quietly.
The rest of you watch here closely.”
“I’m about to explain a bit more about how this (idea/concept) works as it relates to the task on your worksheet. Who knows that they know this? OK, most of you. You folks can work ahead. So who am I talking to here – hands up. Great. Joel, Mary, Kahlil, Jordan and Abdul. Brilliant! So the 5 of you – pay attention here. The rest of you, no talking till I’m done please.”
“Who knows that they know this?”
Metacognitive lesson journals
The idea here is to ask students to write a paragraph about the day’s lesson, the week’s work, the current unit, etc. The journal can take the form of a regular (daily/weekly) journal, or journal entries can be a more random or better still, on the class online blog.
Entries can be written into their workbooks, a separate journal book, an online blog post or could simply be submitted on blank paper. Some teachers have their students write on small, hand-held whiteboards (laminated A4 paper) and display their comments to the class. Journal entries can be responses to teacher initiated questions such as ‘What did I learn?’, ‘What did I enjoy?’, ‘What new thinking did I use?’, etc.
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