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Middle School: Making Sense of One’s Own and Others’ Learning

Clip 9/10: Day 118: Students present, defend, and critique their own and others’ evidence and strategies


Finding Evidence, Justifying Strategies: By the middle of the year, Patty Ferrant’s students use exemplar student work to identify “who you agree with and why.”

The students are now able to listen attentively, asking questions when needed to clarify their understanding. Patty notes when one student suddenly “realizes something,” praising her insight. Patty comments that it’s okay for students to be confused, but that “we need to support them.”


What do you notice in the students’ conversations? How is their engagement and focus deepening?

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