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I really enjoyed this chapter. There were so many ideas that I really connected with. I love the idea and completely agree that a learning community to be authentic is a culture you create in your classroom not a structure. If we want students to behave like mathematicians then we need to establish a classroom culture where we treat them as such. This was my big ah hah in this chapter.
This chapter has really given me a lot to think about as I plan to implement the workshop model in my classroom this fall. I really agree with the author that you need to take some time the first few days of having students to create the culture of your classroom.
My students worked in collaborative groups last year. I was impressed with how well things went, but there is definitely lots of room for improvement. One of the "yeah, buts" in this chapter was about about special needs students. I saw some very impressive results in my special ed inclusion hours. Students that would never raise their hands to answer questions would be able to discuss their answers as part of their small groups. I really felt some students that I would normally never hear from if I taught to the large group, would give feedback in their small groups. It was something to see.
I want to challenge you all to not underestimate what your students are capable of doing as far as collaboration goes. I started out with my accelerated class because I knew they would do great and they did. It took me a whole extra quarter before I finally jumped in with my regular classes (two of which are special ed inclusion hours). I kept thinking it would not work in those other classes. What I found was it worked great (maybe not as easily as with the accel, but great nonetheless).
This goes back to a previous chapter where Wendy Ward Hoffer spoke about all students being capable of brilliance. We need to give them the tools to show us their brilliance and by building a strong sense of community in our classrooms we are doing just that.
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