"You're one of the only teachers that makes me feel smart. You encourage me to speak up and share even if my answer might be wrong.”

8th Grade Student

  1. I ensure that all students respect each other’s thinking in my classroom. Ideas may be critiqued or challenged, but people are not.
  2. I make it clear that mistakes are acceptable and encouraged within my classroom.
  3. Student are pushed to elaborate their responses, to reason, and to think beyond a simple answer or statement - for example, by using the “What makes you say that?” routine.
  4. I listen to students and show a genuine curiosity and interest in students’ thinking. It is clear that I value their thinking.
  5. I listen in on groups and allow them to act independently, rather than always inserting myself into the process.

Examples of Study Team Interactions (HS)