Now you will have the opportunity to apply what you have learned so far to a scenario in which you will establish a focus for an observation. For this scenario, assume that you have introduced yourself and have a positive rapport with the teacher.
Mr. S, a middle school science teacher, has indicated that he is working on implementing structures in his class so that all students have the opportunity to engage in scientific discourse as a means to deepen understanding of content. He is having inconsistent results in classes. For example, Mr. S believes that some students are not participating and may be getting off task as soon as he leaves their group.
As a result, Mr. S has been researching discussion strategies and Total Participation Techniques in an attempt to engage all students in genuine discussion.
He would like for you to observe this class and provide evidence for student engagement and authentic discussion.
He hopes, upon reflection and examination of the provided evidence, to enhance his facilitation techniques for classroom discussion. This area of improvement, in turn, will advance student learning and active participation for all.
Based on the scenario described above with the middle school science teacher, Mr. S, and the imagined discussion with him, use the Kentucky Framework for Teaching (KyFfT) to choose the most applicable domain and component.