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FSGPT The Fundamental Five

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Bobby Payne

on 14 August 2013

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Transcript of FSGPT The Fundamental Five

Frequent Small Group Purposeful Talk (FSGPT)
Objective: We will develop a deeper understanding of the structure and function of Frequent Small Group Purposeful Talk and,
Closing Objective:
I will discuss how I can apply FSGPT regularly in my classroom and share ideas about FSGPT through a video blog.
Key Components
Benefits of FSGPT
- Some students are reluctant to write at first and benefit from practice sharing thoughts with a partner and hearing that partner put thoughts into words

- Reluctant students get to "practice" in a small setting with a partner before speaking to the whole class.

- These students can also choose to share their thoughts, their partner's thoughts, or a combination of the two.
State Changes
"The Brain does not track time just in terms of class periods; it also tracks time in terms of state changes (a change in physical or mental state).
"You can teach what you have always taught. You can teach it almost the same way you have always taught it. Just add frequent, small group, purposeful talk.
More of your students will learn more of what you want them to know
This is a famous scene meant to be funny but you are one of the lucky ones if you have not experienced something similar to this throughout your educational experience.
Anyone? Anyone?
Study the visual.
Take about two minutes to discuss your thoughts with your partner.
One of you record while the other summarizes your thinking using the video recorder on your iPad.
"After every 8-12 minutes of teacher driven discussion, or at the completion of a major instructional concept, the teacher briefly stops talking and has groups of 2-4 students briefly discuss a seed question related to the instruction or instructional activity."
"It is a focused microdiscussion lasting between 30 seconds and 3 minutes."

- Provide for student discussion after every 8-12 minutes of teacher talk.
- This does not mean ask a question and lead the discussion of answers
- It means let them talk to EACH OTHER to process the information
Group Size
- Groups of 2-4
- With 5 or more it is more possible for a student to not participate and no one will notice and greater likelihood of "off topic" side conversations.
Seed Question
- PREPLANNED question to guide the student conversations toward your desired learning outcome.
Power Zone
Stay in the Power Zone throughout the conversations
Discuss with your partner one component that you feel you are currently very strong with and ONE that you feel is challenging to apply daily. After you have discussed this with your partner use the iPad to capture a summary of your discussion.
Adult Language/Student Language
"Numerous bilingual students populate every classroom in America, not in terms of national languages, but in terms of the ability to speak and comprehend both
adult language
student language
Issue: A teacher's primary form of feedback is provided by the students that are
and can
"adult speak"
while hiding the fact that the other students are essentially swimming upstream.. "The longer the teacher talks, the further behind these students fall."
Time to Translate
Student that understands both "adult" and "student" speak
Student that only speaks "student"
Student Retention
During the course of instruction, a teacher realizes some students are getting it and some are struggling to understand....
Do you plug on full steam ahead; or
Stop and deliver the instruction again more slowly and loudly with increased frustration; or...
Stop and provide a brief opportunity for a peer-to-peer tutoring session.
Visit with your partner about the idea of adult language and student language... how can FSGPT build a bridge between the two? Use your iPad once again to record your groups thoughts about this question.
It is ideal to create multiple opportunities for state changes throughout a class...
The goal is to heighten attention and to avoid the blackhole.
FSGPT is very simple but not always easy.
It Requires Deliberate:
Without preparation, questions that teachers develop on the fly are either closed questions, low rigor or both.

Take a couple minutes and discuss with your partner whether you feel the above statement is true or not.
On a scale of 1 to 3 rate how difficult you feel
implementing FSGPT in your lessons daily would be. (1-piece of cake, 2-challenging but doable, 3-not possible)
If you rate this a 2 or 3 discuss some solutions to those challenges with your partner. If you rated this a 1 explain why feel it will be that easy. Use the iPad to record a summary of your thoughts.
Trade your iPad with another pair and listen to their mini video blog responses.
What exactly is FSGPT?
Expectations for AHS Teachers:
Plan 2-3 Seed Questions each day and house in your lesson plans. Make this part of your collaboration time.
Stop to have students take part in FSGPT once every 8-12 minutes during class.
Create a Question Stem Wall
Use an Egg Timer or something that helps if you have difficulty with time getting away
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