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Guiding Questions for Math Tasks

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Guiding Questions for Math Tasks

Teachers are on a constant quest to ask the right questions during their instruction. There is a fine balance between a question that provokes student thinking and a question that contains too much scaffolding. The Department of Education writes, "Researchers support a problem-solving approach in the mathematics classroom because it engages students in inquiry, prompting them to build on and improve their current knowledge as they "construct" explanations that help them solve the task at hand. In a constructivist classroom, students are recognized as the ones who are actively creating their own knowledge. (Asking Effective Questions, July 2011). Our ability...

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Text-Dependent Question Stems

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Text-Dependent Question Stems

For something that's pretty cool, it's sure a mouthful to say. ;) I first heard about these a few years ago when close reading was starting to become a thing. My fabulous Literacy Specialist was helping me wrap my brain around how to do close readings and she brought me a fabulous resource by Jackson Consulting that had pages of text-dependent questions. They were ways to get students back into the text in small, user-friendly chunks. Fast forward a couple months to when I was training teachers at Utah's Core Academy. I brought out these resource for the teachers to see....

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Close Reading Part 2: Three Readings and Reading with a Pencil

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Close Reading Part 2: Three Readings and Reading with a Pencil

Okay I know I'm supposed to do it, but what is it? Alrighty, I'm going to try and explain the steps in a close read. It will be thrilling, exciting and daring I promise! :)   The first thing I need to point out is that close reading is NOT in the common core standards. It is a practice through which the standards are met. It's a process of "thoughtful, critical analysis of a text that focuses on significant details or patterns in order to develop a deep understanding of the text's form, craft, meanings etc." (baburke@aacrc.net 2013) Now all...

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Close Reading Part 1: Evidence Based Terms

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Close Reading Part 1: Evidence Based Terms

When our district first started implementing the common core about two-ish years ago I started hearing the words "close reading". I won't lie, at first I thought everyone was saying "cloze reading". I honestly kept thinking "Cloze reading is supposed to be the next big thing? This is the next thing that will save us all? This has been around forever!" Then we had a professional development on it and I was too embarrassed (until now obviously) to tell anyone what I had thought. After the first professional development we had I was still confused. It seemed to me like...

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