Today I am participating in the conversation about the book Notice and Note! Todays topics are:
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I have been really enjoying this book! What we have discussed so far is Rigor, Intellectual Communities, the role of Fiction and is Reading still Reading. Today We are discussing the two questions: What is the Role of Talk and What is Close Reading?
Here is the first question: What is the Role of Talk?
The talk that we want in our classrooms need to be engaging. It must be the kind of talk that brings the Aha moments! It must be talk that will increase the rigor in our lessons and or activities. Talk improves their understanding. There are two kinds of talk: Monologic and Dialogic.
Monologic talk is teacher centered talk. There is no expectation of debate or sharing of the other's ideas or thoughts. It is authoritative. It is lecturing. The only expectation of this talk is to transfer knowledge onto the students. There is no expectation of discussions or sharing of ideas or thoughts.
Dialogic Talk is at the other end of the continuum. This is when the students are encouraged to share their ideas and thoughts. Here the listener and the speaker are interchanging roles. They both must be a listener as well as a speaker. Questioning is encouraged and expected in this type of talk.
Both kinds of talk will be found in schools and classrooms throughout the country. But you will know a room that encourages Dialogic talk. This is the room where engaging, rigorous and thoughtful discussions are occurring amongst all students and as a result achievements are rising, increasing!
In order for students to talk to one another, they must be taught how. They must have models and be presented with opportunities to practice talking to one another. Students must be taught to listen to others as they are speaking. Questioning must be encouraged as well as modeled.
Teachers need to encourage their students to listen, ask higher order thinking questions, ask them to elaborate (this needs to be taught and modeled), provide prompts and give the students immediate feedback.
The second question we are addressing this week is: What is Close Reading?
Hmmm. What is Close Reading? Well, Close Reading is an interaction with the text. It is not just sitting there and reading the text. A Close Read is when the reader not only uses previous experiences to understand it but they also reread to insure understanding. The reader pays close attention to the text, what it means, the purpose and uses their experiences to enhance the interaction. When they are using the technique of rereading successfully, the reader is focusing on parts of the story that they need to understand and learn about more. This is purposeful and meaningful.
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