Class discussions can be incredible--rich, lively, bursting with evidence, LOUD--but they can also be intimidating. All those ideas crisscrossing a room can be dizzying for many students, so they retreat to their note taking and rarely speak out because it's a safer space.
I noticed that my own class discussions were being driven by only a handful of students even when I knew so many others had insightful, critical, unique ideas of their own right in front of them. And so these discussion frames are not only way to not only push students away from listening to argue and into listening to understand, but a resource to increase bravery.
We want our classrooms to be a place that showcases all voices, not just the ones that are loudest. Edit the sentence frames in a way that fit your class' needs and see them own it!
As always, thank you for stopping by Cobble and Brick Classroom and feel free to reach out any time with questions!