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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Group Discussion with Paraphrase Passport: An Interactive Method to Facilitate A Classroom or Small Group Discussion While Improving Student Listenin

When mentoring our pre-service and in-service teachers we need to describe and model both research-based and clinically grounded best practices. Accordingly our mentees should know about Group Discussion with Paraphrase Passport, an interactive method to facilitate a classroom or small group discussion while improving students listening to each other. An explanation of the rules for engagement follows:

A student may share information if he or she first accurately paraphrases the previous speaker. However, if the student does not accurately paraphrase, he or she is corrected by the student who spoke previously. Thus, paraphrasing is the passport for group discussion.

On the next post we will share another small group or whole class discussion procedure called You’re the Teacher.

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