Improved Outcomes for Students with Disabilities
How did these students become so adept at critical questioning and discussion techniques?
Here’s what Meryl has to say:
“I began infusing higher-order thinking (HOT) questions by level into my guided reading groups. My students were able to answer these HOT questions about their reading either by turning and talking to the person next to them or by stopping and jotting the answers in their notebooks. I then taught them specific stems for HOT questions and they began using HOT questions in classroom discussions. I have found that asking and answering HOT questions has promoted increased engagement in discussions. It has also enabled students to think more deeply about the current topic.”
What can we learn from this Bright Spot?
What did Samantha’s lesson look like?
I planned a lesson that addressed each of the components of EDI:
- I had a clearly stated objective for students to learn the literary element of flashback.
- I activated prior knowledge by showing a clip from the video The Lion King.
- Using the clip, I talked about lesson importance and modeled the concept and skill development.
- I engaged students in guided practice as the students read the chapter where the character had a flashback and made connections between the flashback in the video clip and the book.
- Students then independently practiced identifying flashbacks and illustrating them.
- During lesson closure the students answered questions and shared their work, demonstrating mastery of the learning objective.
- Throughout the lesson I checked for understanding, verifying that students were learning.