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Join educational leader, Brandon Krueger, host, Kevin Mulryne and a range of guests from all facets of education for a free, weekly podcast. Episodes will feature stories from the field and will often include tips about managing and modifying classroom/school-wide behavior.
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Kirsten Franklin on the role of teachers and academic discourse - POP13
May 3 16
In our second kernel of wisdom from Kirsten Franklin, she
manages to cover a wide range of issues in a short time!
First of all, Brandon asks her about the role of the
How would you say the role of teachers is changing as
you support them with the NGSS guidelines?
Kirsten thinks that, in common with the Common Core approaches,
teachers are moving more towards becoming
facilitators rather than deliverers of information
and facts. For example in science, teachers can start off a lesson
with some kind of phenomena. This can be an object, a provocative
question or a video - something which the children have to talk
about, wrestle with and come up with an explanation of what it is
or how it works. Inquiry is a large part of the process.
Kirsten has experience of this when she brought Ghost Shrimp
into First Grade.
What does Kirsten recommend to teachers with regard to
student learning behaviours? How do you create a safe and positive
Academic Discourse is one area Kirsten has
really focused on. This can be a foundation for a lot of other
things which happen in science - and across the curriculum. We
want children to be talking and behaving like scientists do and
academic discourse is what scientists use.
However, meaningful and deep discourse is easier said than done
- it takes some explicit instruction.
The teacher needs to create a classroom climate which supports
the exchange of ideas in a safe and positive environment. Kids need
to be respectful, attentive and reflective. Kirsten recommends
taking the first few weeks with a class to establish the culture.
This can be done via class meetings - prompts, sentence starters
Academic Discourse resources:
Talk Science Primer