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Key Questions and Comments 
The teacher offers strategies for students to solve the problems on their own.  Think about how this helps students to develop the confidence and ability to gain more independence over time.  

Consider your own strategies for assisting students when they are stuck on something.  Do you possibly offer too much help or assist them too quickly?

Mrs. Kelly serves as more of a facilitator.  This allows her students to progress as independent learners.  

Notice how the teacher incorporates Kagan strategies in order to encourage student working with each other.  She is making a conscious effort to develop a classroom culture in which she is not the individual with all of the answers.  

Think about a recent lesson in your classroom.  What was your instinct when students asked for help?  Were you the sole provider of knowledge in the classroom?  Or were students working through their challenges to gain more independence?

Description of Video

Watch as Melissa Kelly, fifth grade teacher at Ridgeview Elementary, guides her students into thinking through problems and activities in her classroom. 


0:07 Acting as a thinking coach
0:39 Turn and share with partners
1:10 Benefits of partner sharing
1:43 Teacher discussing thinking strategies with student


Teacher as Facilitator
Student Thinking
Partner Work
Kagan Strategies

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