Do you use this each time you have a longer, detailed discussion?
How do you normally wrap up the discussion and then transition to the next activity?
I usually try to use pair-shares for anything that I really want to stick. At the beginning of the year, these can take quite some time. However, as they kids get the procedure down, it gets much easier.
I like to use pair-shares because when students haven't shared with the class (it's tough when you have 35+ kids), they've at least shared with a partner.
Also, I use much more structure with my Reading Advancement class than I do with my 10th graders.
Wrapping up the discussion is usually pretty organic, because the content should be related to the next activity. Procedurally, it's just a matter of having students pass in their work while I give my closing thoughts. Also, I try to cut my transition time down as much as possible, so I usually try to have my kids take out everything that they'll need at the very beginning of class.
I hope that helps!
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