Using Foldable to Engage Students – SOL 11

Current coaching cycle with a novice IMG_0300teacher resulted in her understanding that she needed to incorporate hands-on engaging activities for her students. 
T: “I just can’t get my students excited about learning.”
Me: “What types of activities have you tried?”
T: “I have tried everything. I am out of ideas at this point.”
Me: “Which activities have been successful in engaging students?”
T: “Well actually, they did like when I let them work in groups, but I want to be more creative?”
Me: “How can you incorporate creativity into a group lesson?”
T: “I don’t know. (pause) Maybe have them make something as a group. What do you think?”
Me: “Sounds fun. What would you have them create?”
T: (Pause) “We are working on text structures, so, something like a study guide with the different structures?”
Me: “What would the finished product look like?”
T: “A paper with different areas, one for each structure with the type, definition and signal words.”
Me: “Have you seen foldables used to create study guides before?”
T: “What’s a foldable?” 
(I explain what a foldable is)
T: “That would be perfect. Can you help me with that?”
We proceeded to talk through more ideas for the look of the foldable and came up with a great idea for a creative and engaging study guide foldable for text structures. Includes Type, Description, Graphic Organizer Visual, Signal Word List, and Text Example. Can be found in my Teachers pay Teachers store. 

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5 thoughts on “Using Foldable to Engage Students – SOL 11

  1. Perfect! I like the conversation structure of this blog and how you took us (as readers) and your mentee from confusion to clarity with good questions. Best: “What have you tried?” This ? acknowledges effort, and best of all encourages reflection–that’s the hardest work of all. Well done–both of you!

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  2. How excellent! I just ran across the “lap book” style of foldable the other day and I’m already experimenting with a few ideas. It’s so good to step back and be able to talk through struggles like the teacher you helped. We all need listeners and mentors like you!

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  3. This post is a great example of how to mentor someone–not overwhelm with suggestions, but guiding them to resolve their own dilemma with some good feedback and inspiration. I am mentoring a new teacher this year and it’s been such a learning process for me. Also, I saw a presentation on Foldables this fall and am thinking about how to integrate them into my upcoming poetry unit.

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