Adapting for Discourse

In one of my classes (Bridge to College) there are sets of developed lesson plans that address the standards for the course. Because of agreements with the community colleges in our state, I do have to stick fairly closely to the outline provided. Luckily, the lessons themselves are pretty well thought out and have a huge focus on the practice standards and the idea of more than one right way to solve problems approach that I like to employ in my other classes.

I do, however, take the opportunity to make small additions or adjustments to further the opportunity for student discourse. Continue reading “Adapting for Discourse”


Bridge to College 4: Collaboration

Part 4 of a year long series: The first 3 here.

Not a long post today, but its been longer than I’d like between posts. There is a push in Bridge to make sure students have a chance to develop skills that will serve them in life after high school. One of those skills is creating a collaborative peer group to support learning in college or the ability to work on a team.

Students were asked to think back to a successful group they’d been apart so far this year and brainstorm why they though it worked. They shared those out and are in blue on the poster below. They also had to think to when their group struggled or weren’t as successful and what might have been the reason. When we shared those answers, they had to come up with a solution or the opposite positive of the issue. Those are in green on the poster. When they work in groups and are giving self-reflections or if I’m giving feedback we reference the poster. “We compared ideas and strategies at a level 3 today, but probably told instead of helped when someone got stuck. I’d give us a 2 there today.” “I saw you guys justifying your work and providing constructive criticism! Be mindful of where your whole group is pace-wise though.” It was their words and their ideas. Harder to argue about cell phone use when they said it was impeding their learning.  Continue reading “Bridge to College 4: Collaboration”