Here are some kinds of questions that a presenter might use to help focus the attention of the other participants on aspects of the student work that s/he is most interested in.
Excerpted from Looking Together at Student Work. (1999).
Blythe, T., Allen, D., & Powell, B. New York: Teachers
p.10, figure 2.2
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1. About the quality of student work:
- Is the work good enough?
- What is "good enough"?
- In what ways does this work meet or fail to meet a particular set of standards?
2. About teaching practice:
3. About students' understanding:
- What do the students' responses indicate about the effectiveness of the prompt or assignment? How might the assignment be improved?
- What kinds of instruction support high quality student performances?
- What does this work tell us about how well the student understands the topic of the assignment?
- What initial understandings do we see beginning to emerge in this work?
4. About students' growth:
5. About students' intent:
- How does this range of work from a single student demonstrate growth over time?
- How can I support student growth more effectively?
- What issues or questions is this student focused on?
- What aspects of the assignment intrigued this student?
- Into which parts of the assignment did the student put the most effort?
- To what extent is the student challenging herself? In what ways?