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Guided Peer Discussions
Guided Peer Discussions are discussions between students where the teacher provides scaffolding and specific tools to facilitate the discussion. Guided Peer Discussions allow teachers to use strategies in a natural context to support student growth in communication, expression, and language discourse. Prior to Guided Peer Discussions, the teacher models specific
Guiding questions are questions provided to students, either in writing or spoken verbally, while they are working on a task. Asking guiding questions allows students to move to higher levels of thinking by providing more open-ended support that calls students' attention to key details without being prescriptive. Guiding questions might
A Fishbowl is a large group activity where several students participate in a discussion while the remaining students (who are usually seated in a circle surrounding them) observe the conversation. To implement a Fishbowl discussion, the teacher first chooses a discussion prompt and identifies specific discussion skills for students to
Productive Academic Talk
Productive Academic Talk is a student-led discussion where participants make observations and ask questions that add to, clarify or challenge statements made by others in response to a question or prompt. Students hold each other accountable to making logical, evidence-based observations and claims while also evaluating the quality of the