At the beginning of this blog post, I asked you to picture a successful learning experience for you. Looking back to that experience, did your teacher in some way model the task you learned how to do? In the case of this lesson, as I was reading our interactive read aloud, Counting by 7s, to the class I stopped and showed them the discussion points that I created while reading. I also discussed what make me feel it was a good place to create a discussion point and modeled how a strong discussion point includes a page number, my thinking, and a question for the group to consider.
A challenge I share with you and something I am going to try to incorporate each and every day for my students is to use each of these elements as often as possible.