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11.22.13 Inside the Box: Disciplined Discussion–Part III, The Film (Video)

My colleague Joaquin Hernandez sent me a note yesterday afternoon. He’d read the two blog posts I did on keeping discussions on topic–I called that getting discussion a bit more “inside the box”–and he wanted me to see something. As a coincidence he’d just cut a montage of Uncommon’s Ryan Miller for discussion at one of…


11.21.13 Inside the Box: On Disciplined Discussion–Part II

In the first part of this post I wrote about my recent visit to a school where students who participated in a productive and focused discussion in one classroom participated in another room in something that  wasn’t a discussion at all but a series of atomized students comments loosely connected to a stimulus- a Jackson Pollack…


11.21.13 Inside the Box: On Disciplined Discussion–Part I

I spent some time observing classes in a school near me recently and one of the things that struck me was the difference in the level of “discipline” in the discussions I saw happening. In some classes students made germane and insightful contributions that advanced the class’ shared understanding of the topic. In others, comments were…