Sunday, October 2, 2011

Facilitating Instruction and Learning

Dear Colleagues,

In the research on the systematic observation of face-to-face classroom teaching, facilitated instruction is characterized by teacher verbal behaviors that pose problem-structured statements and reinforce, accept, and clarify student responses (Flanders and Withall among numerous others). This model envisions a 25% [teacher] to 75% [student] talk ratio -- the opposite of current classrooms. 

Here's an example of how we are exploring the facilitation model of instruction and learning as "facilitated" in the Twitter timeline to achieve specific content standards. The example shows the 25% teacher "talk" side of the model -- it would be adjusted dynamically as the 75% student side of the conversation is tweeted in real time.


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