Today Abby and I took turns again, but it was a more even division than on Wednesday. On Wednesday, she started us off by introducing Project 2 and then the remainder of the class was my time. Today it was more even because we alternated with doing rhetorical analysis practice activities.
Almost all the students were well engaged. I sat in a chair in front of them and read the practice article along with them. I think demonstrating/talking through it together as a group worked for them.
They also responded well to me asking new people who haven’t talked yet today or at all this semester to give answers. Only one group was not paying attention much, especially as the activity went on. I had to repeat the instructions/explanations to them multiple times during each round of the activity. Then when asking them to give us the last answer for the day, because they hadn’t contributed yet, they repeated the answer just given and had no idea. I told them they had given the answer just given and Abby reminded them they would have known that if they had been paying attention. I don’t know if that got through to them or not.
All the students in that group are in the STEPP program and their writing mentor finally showed up for the first time Wednesday. I just hope she knows which students in the class work with her and noticed the behavior today and the resulting comment Abby had to make.
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