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

Clip 3/10: Day 5: Students identify needs and norms for constructive partner and group work


Explaining Thinking: At the beginning of the year in Patty Ferrant’s classroom, she requires that her students take turns listening attentively to each other. She has marked student desks with red and yellow colored stickers so that she can indicate which partner shares first.

She explains explicit behaviors she’s looking for in her students’ partner work (e.g., turn toward each other), and asks her students to identify ideas for helping groups be successful when they work together.


How can older learners draw on prior experiences with group work to inform their goals for partner collaboration?

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