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Michelle Stovall

on 23 July 2014

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Transcript of TWIRL


What did your partner have for their answer to Q1?
Did anyone at your table have something different from you and/or your partner?
Can you find a reference source that describes TWIRLing as an educational strategy?
Strategic teaching IS NOT: just for reading and language arts classes.

Strategic teaching IS: best practices designed to increase student achievement in ALL content classes.

Strategic Teaching IS NOT: just for struggling readers.

Strategic Teaching IS: for all students regardless of their reading abilities.

Strategic Teaching IS NOT: something that you do once a week or on every other Thursday.

Strategic Teaching IS: part of every lesson, every day.
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trategic Teaching IS NOT: something your principal came up with to torture you.

Strategic Teaching IS: based on scientific research about adolescent learning.

-turn and talk
-names on a stick
-pull names
-five fingers to answer questions
(who, what, when, where, why, can also sub in how)


-use different fonts and sizes to identify print
- 6 stages
1. drawings
2. wavy scribbles
3. letter like scribbles
4. random letters in a line
5. patterned letter strings
6. conventional writing
1. prewriting
2. writing
3. revising
4. editing
5. publishing

-talk to each other
-google it
-researching in books or other sources
-interviewing people

*reading is thinking and understanding

-connect to text
-ask questions
-expand vocabulary
-predict and prove
-sense it by visualization
-decide what is important
-make inferences, then draw conclusions
-summarize and synthesize
-check for understanding
-build fluency

listening = learning
-say it once (ask 3, then ask me)
-turn and talk (you explain, then ask them to explain to a partner what they heard)
-student hand signals
-pay attention, pause, rephrase
-create questions while listening
-use podcasts
-listening challenges
-main points

1. http://www.alanpeat.com/resources/listening.html
2. http://www.edutopia.org/blog-five-listening-strategies-rebecca-alber

What is twirl?

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