Yesterday we had the privilege of observing and listening to the students of Language Arts teacher Aba DeGraft-Hanson think together and share their ideas around different motifs of To Kill a Mockingbird. They first began with a write-around the motifs last week; they then met in the library learning studio yesterday to discuss the ideas from the write-around and collaboratively draw conclusions by using the See, Think, Wonder structure from Making Thinking Visible. Aba’s variation of this learning structure also asked students to include a one-word distillation of their ideas. As students discussed and worked through the lens of See, Think, Wonder, Aba walked around and conferred with each group to answer questions or to serve as a sounding board.
Students then presented in their groups using our Steelcase Verb dry erase easels and the written work of their write-around.
Students also took notes as they listened to their peers and jotted down key ideas to revisit.
After all groups completed their presentation/share out to the class, Aba led a short discussion with students about connections between the motifs. She then provided them a graphic organizer to help them go deeper with the motif they had explore and to help students connect the motifs to themes of the novel.
This two day activity generated rich conversation and some extraordinary thinking with the students! I encourage to take time to listen to Aba’s narrative of how she blended written conversations with the See, Think, Wonder learning structure and her reflections on how these learning activities ignited student thinking and learning.
We are deeply appreciative of Aba and her students so generously sharing their work and using the learning studio here to practice inquiry and critical thinking. We also hope their story of learning will inspire you to think about how you might use these learning structures with your students!
- Photoset of All Classes Learning, Listening, and Inquiring
- Videos of Student Presentations from 1st Period