Another Glimpse in the Classroom: Annotated Circle Share Out of Book Reading

Another glimpse into the classroom!

Previous video clips: Socratic Seminar & Backchanneling, Visible Thinking Routine: Chalk Talk, Mystery Skype Call, Collaborate & Curate

In the spirit of opening up classroom walls and creating a ripple effect of teaching and learning by sharing ideas,  methods, action research and modern literacy upgrades,  here is another video clip. You are watching a 7th grade Humanities classroom, led by their teacher David Jorgensen at Graded-The American School of São Paulo.

The students are reading The Giver, by Lois Lowry and have been annotating their thoughts as they are reading individual chapters in a Google Doc chart/table, labeled:

  • Observations
  • Inferences
  • Rituals
  • Questions/ Predictions

David uses a circle share out technique to have students articulate out load their thinking and annotations of their reading. It is a faced paced method to allow kids to contribute and listen in a short amount of time. A follow up that David practices is then for the students to get in smaller discussion groups to talk in more in detail or get clarification about  what they heard.