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TeachNet: The Fishbowl: Using Action Research to Meet Standards and Improve Class Discussions
 Purpose of the Project: The new English Language Arts (ELA) Standards require thoughtful and critical discussion around reading and writing. The action research process allows students to investigate the quality of their discussions and use this research to set individual and class goals to improve their conversations.  View the Streaming Video

Researching Class Discussions

Researcher ______________________ Fish __________ Date ________

We try to use all of these discussion strategies to have a good book talk.

 Strategy Evidence (Researcher: Check off each time the strategy is used by your partner.) Proposes a discussion topic. Shares ideas about a topic. Builds on another person's idea. Makes wise connections. Uses text to support ideas.

We try to do the following things to have a good book club meeting.
Researcher: Note how your partner did with the following actions.
1 = little or no evidence of action; 2 = some evidence of action;
3 = much evidence of action.

 Action Evidence Tries not to dominate. Takes turns speaking. Has good body language and eye contact. Makes positive comments. Pulls others into the discussion.

Researcher's Feedback __________________________

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 Fish's Goal for Next Discussion:

Matt Wayne, Riis Upper School