April 16, 2018
I read an interesting article last week that focused on cooperative learning with the introvert in mind (article attached). Since I am an introvert, this caught my attention. The article discusses that classrooms are designed for extroverts which can prevent the introvert from thriving. The author suggested three ways to engage introverts that will still allow for cooperative learning without being a detriment to introverts. They are:
1. Choice of group members
2. Individual and peer accountability (defined roles in the group)
3. Intentional empowerment (a safe space)
The one that stood out to me the most is number two because it's the most controllable by the classroom teacher in the short term. When we put students into groups, we want every student to participate and have a say. How do we hold students accountable for that? So I'm curious - how do you do this in the classroom? Do your students have jobs in group work? Is someone the time keeper, someone else the recorder, etc? Or do you have a specific protocol you follow so that everyone gets a turn at sharing? Does each person in the group look at the text/topic through a specific lens? Please let me know next time I stop by your classroom!
Number three is a commitment to creating a safe classroom environment where all students feel free to take risks and participate. Your commitment to daily morning circles helps to create that space. How do you do that in your classes that are not your homeroom?
A final word: Thank you, thank you, to everyone who helped with testing last week! You guys rock!
Did you know?
4/15 -- National Rubber Eraser Day
4/16 -- National Bean Counter Day
4/17 -- National Cheeseball Day
4/18 -- National Animal Crackers Day
4/19 -- National High Five Day
4/20 -- National Look Alike Day
4/21 -- National Yellow Bat Day