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Student Discussion

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Does anyone have a student discussion groups in their class. I teach younger children that want to talk about things that have happened to them. I can not listen to all the stories mainly because of time. I want to be able to build in a time for students to talk with one another. Does anyone have any suggestions on a name and how to incorparate this idea?

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Billie Sanford
Elementray Exceptional Education Teacher from Richmond, Va.

i have student group discussions daily in my class. I agree with you that at times the children may get carried away with their emotions and time becomes a factor. One suggestions is have them write in a journal each morning for about 10 minutes. You can read the journal entries when they are engaged in their classroom assignment. Give them ttopics that you have noticed they express an interest in. You can also have a 15-20 minute reflection period a the end of the day to give them an opportunity to release an thoughts, ideas or issues they have. By doing this at the end of the day, they will not interrupt your instruction time and still feel ass they are included in their academic progression.

I hope this helps.


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