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Middle School: Taking Responsibility for Learning

Clip 4/20: Day 2: Introducing structures that require perseverance


On the second day of school, Patty Ferrant alerts the whole class when she’s about to press a student to explain and defend her thinking. Patty builds a “structured talk” and pairs students to listen and make sense of each other’s statements.


How does Patty prepare her students for the social-emotional challenge of persevering in thinking?

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