Comments from 4th Grade Teachers . . .

Teachers Reflect on Their Own Learning

I found it very difficult not to expand or not want to respond to (what a student says) ... do I always need to expand on what a kid says? No, because if it has value in itself, what the child said should stand alone; it doesn't need validity from me ... helped me to accept them more the way they were, rather than thinking maybe I could tweak this and they'd get it a little better, but I could just let them be who they were.

(One student) she's very quiet, very stubborn and when she was the leader I would never have guessed that she was very competent at doing that and very interested in doing it, and not pushy or anything ...

Teachers Reflect on Positive Learning or Changes in Students

... some of the individual students spoke longer that I thought they would ... (RoundTable) was a great way to increase oral language ...

... the very first time they were all very short answers and then towards the end, with topics that were more interesting to them, they would elaborate more ... I thought it was positive in the sense that the children did begin to behave and listen better because of the RoundTable ... I think this is a big, important change.

It's calm in the classroom. And I also think that (the children) see themselves as equal with adults. They put more thought into it than just the surface level; some of them went deeper into their answers.

... it made them reflect on the comprehension.

... diversity of their responses ... that a lot of them thought a lot differently and they'd never express that from the others, and they weren't afraid because they were in a safe situation to do that.

... normally in a classroom situation [some students] would never volunteer to speak, but in this situation they actually would speak.

Confidence, yes. I mean I think that was evident ... the second time around ... they were afraid the first time, the second time they had enough confidence to speak.

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