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Middle School: Taking Responsibility for Learning

Clip 16/20: Day 118: Sustained peer discourse


Promoting and Requiring Active Engagement: By mid-year, Patty Ferrant’s middle school students have risen to the challenge and are able to advance the class discussion through more extensive and detailed explanations. They are able to support each other in an extended conversation without needing Patty to intervene as she did at the beginning of the year.


What do you hear in these students’ explanations of thinking as well as in their questions for each other?

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