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11/08/2013

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Xochitl Alvizo

Wow - this sounds excellent.

I also like to use short passages from primary readings to base our discussions on during class. I do something similar in terms of giving students time to read the text on their own asking them to identify one key insight or question; afterward I have them discuss with their neighbor; and finally, we come together and discuss the text as a class. During this larger class discussion, I take notes on the board as students share about their 'neighbor conversations' - linking connecting points and charting the shared insights all along the way. This helps create a visual of the things that stood out most to us from the text and of what is missing or left unsaid. Time flies when we do discussions this way.

However - your method of identifying and claiming students' various roles and gifts adds another valuable layer. I look forward to trying this next time. Thank you!

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