Assigning Roles in SPIDER WEB Discussion

When implementing SPIDER WEB discussion in your classroom, you may find a class or student who proves to be especially challenging. In her book The Best Class You Never Taught: How SPIDER WEB Discussion Can Turn Students Into Learning Leaders, Alexis Wiggins suggests assigning roles to individuals or groups of students to help overcome some … Continue reading Assigning Roles in SPIDER WEB Discussion

The Shy, The Superstar, and the SPIDER WEB

While many students will find a SPIDER WEB discussion to be an enjoyable break from the traditional classroom structure, some students may have trouble navigating the new paradigm. In her book The Best Class You Never Taught: How SPIDER WEB Discussion Can Turn Students Into Learning Leaders, Alexis Wiggins identifies two types of students who … Continue reading The Shy, The Superstar, and the SPIDER WEB

How to Navigate Your First SPIDER WEB Discussion with a Class

Now that you have developed a rubric related to the skills you want to address during discussion and have selected a topic or text for discussion, it is time to introduce SPIDER WEB discussion in your classroom. In her book The Best Class You Never Taught: How SPIDER WEB Discussion Can Turn Students Into Learning … Continue reading How to Navigate Your First SPIDER WEB Discussion with a Class

Choosing a Topic for SPIDER WEB Discussion

When first introducing SPIDER WEB discussions into your classroom, it is best to choose a topic that will get students talking. In her book The Best Class You Never Taught: How SPIDER WEB Discussion Can Turn Students Into Learning Leaders, Alexis Wiggins suggests beginning with a stand-alone discussion (discussion can be weaved into units after … Continue reading Choosing a Topic for SPIDER WEB Discussion

Building with Rubrics

If students are to improve their communication and collaboration skills, they will require feedback related to current levels of performance. In her book The Best Class You Never Taught: How SPIDER WEB Discussion Can Turn Students Into Learning Leaders, Alexis Wiggins promotes the use of a rubric for assessing SPIDER WEB discussions. According to Wiggins … Continue reading Building with Rubrics

Bring the SPIDER WEB Into Your Classroom

Communication and collaboration are essential skills for the success of our students. As such, students need opportunities to practice and develop these skills in the safe spaces of our classrooms. In her book The Best Class You Never Taught: How SPIDER WEB Discussion Can Turn Students Into Learning Leaders, Alexis Wiggins introduces the SPIDER WEB classroom philosophy. … Continue reading Bring the SPIDER WEB Into Your Classroom

Making Reflection Meaningful

  Larissa Pahomov, author of the book Authentic Learning in the Digital Age: Engaging Students Through Inquiry, provides the following guidelines for helping ensure that reflection is meaningful and leads to successful outcomes (114-123): Put reflection first. Reflection first involves thinking about the content and establishing goals for the activity or project to be undertaken. … Continue reading Making Reflection Meaningful

Meaningful Reflection in the Inquiry Process

I am a student of reflection and believe in its power to inform and guide toward increased performance. Larissa Pahomov, author of the book Authentic Learning in the Digital Age: Engaging Students Through Inquiry, promotes reflection in the inquiry process. She indicates that meaningful reflection (pp. 108-113) should: Reflection should give students the opportunity to … Continue reading Meaningful Reflection in the Inquiry Process

Five Recommendations Regarding Student Presentations

Larissa Pahomov, author of the book Authentic Learning in the Digital Age: Engaging Students Through Inquiry, indicates that the following components be part of the student classroom presentation framework (pp. 90-102): Acknowledge two stages of presentation: Product and delivery. Teach students to prepare the best quality product by having students draft their work, receive feedback … Continue reading Five Recommendations Regarding Student Presentations