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Mentor Teaching Move: A Different Point of View #T4TMoments

“Readers, when someone in the class is speaking, we should look at that person.  When our eyes are on the speaker, we show we are listening and it helps us think about how we might respond.  As we discuss our read-aloud today, let’s remember to look at the speaker.” 

As I watch for this behavior, I notice something. The speaker was looking at me not the audience. I wonder if this might be a reason why the students are having difficulty looking at the speaker. The speaker isn’t looking at them.

“Readers, may I interrupt for one moment? As I listen and watch our conversation, I notice something important that the speaker needs to do. When we speak to a group, we need to look at the audience. Let’s try that and see how our conversation feels when the speaker looks at the audience and the audience looks at the speaker.”

As the end of our whole class discussion about the read-aloud book, I ask, “Today, we tried making eye contact during our read-aloud discussion. How did this impact our conversation?”  Students shared:

“I was a little bit nervous to look at everyone.”

“It was easier to remember what the speaker said because he looked at me.”

“It is more of a real conversation when we look at each other.”

“It was easier to look at each other when we were all doing it.”

“We nodded at each other more.  I liked that.”

Sometimes the smallest instructional changes make all the difference.

No blogging for us next week — school vacation.  We plan to refresh and recharge –

and of course, READ! 

See you on April 23!!  

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