Some of my colleagues attended a training at our district office yesterday, and one of the questions discussed was:
“What should an academic discussion in class look like, sound like and feel like?
My good friend and co-author Katie Hull Sypnieski suggested that, in addition to using this question as an exercise in a class, it could also be applied to discussions when educators meet.
Every Wednesday, our Small Learning Community (see The Best Resources For Learning About Small Learning Communities) meets for a half-hour. Our terrific Lead Teacher, Pam Buric, agreed that it would be a good idea to bring it up, and Katie and another great educator, Jen Adkins, led a very short (I was the official timekeeper — not that they needed one!) discussion, and the photo below documents what we came up with….
What would you add?
Our SLC plans to bring it up regularly as a reminder/review.