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Circle of Knowledge
Transcript of Circle of Knowledge
A Strategy to Facilitate Effective
Essential Criteria for Successful Classroom Discussions
1. High degree of student participation
2. Strong focus on essential content
3. High levels of thinking
Moves to Increase Student Participation
in small groups
(Round Robin, Popcorn, Sampling, Redirection, "Two Cents")
Getting students personally and actively involved
(physical barometer, people graph, priority pyramid)
Moves for Keeping Focus
-- Memory Box or MVP (Most Valuable Point)
Moves to Encourage High Levels of Thinking - encourages students to stop and think about the question
Use Q-SPACE to shape discussions -
Classroom discussion is one of the most powerful techniques teachers have at their disposal. It is also one of the most fragile.
Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Justify your response.
Turn to a Partner
A strategic framework for planning and conducting effective classroom discussions that foster student participation and critical thinking.
Circle of Knowledge
Steps for Implementing Circle of Knowledge
Sparking questions (generate student interest and activate prior knowledge)
Focusing questions (set up the discussion)
responding to counterarguments
Three Reasons for Using Circle of Knowledge
1. Effective oral communication is a crucial 21st century skill
2.Requires students to speak & listen, building on each others’ ideas.
3. Discussions build collaborative and interpersonal skills
1. Ask a "sparking" open-ended question that hooks student to content
(or invite students to come up with questions)
2. Provide think time. Encourage students to jot down thoughts
and share with classmates.
3. Ask a focusing question that highlights topic or theme of discussion.
4. Invite students to "kindle" responses by jotting down initial responses
and comparing thoughts in small groups.
5. Generate whole class discussion by encouraging all students to participate, responding to student questions,
refining ideas, evaluating depth of understanding.
6. Use a variety of recognition techniques
7. Record and post student responses, summarizing key content.
8. Allow time for students to reflect on discussion and their own participation.
9. Assign a task that asks students to apply what was learned in discussion.
Sample Lessons - Select one to review
Sample lesson #1 High School Geometry p. 44-46
Sample Lesson #2 Primary ELA and Social Studies p. 46-47
Sample Lesson #3 Middle School Science p. 47