Teachers know that even the youngest students are capable of deep thinking. Teach kindergarten long enough and you’re bound to hear some profound insights on life,
death, beauty, and everything in between. But that level of depth and complexity doesn’t always translate over to students’ conversations about books and reading. The same student who wowed you with an offhand comment on the playground responds with “uhh” or “I don’t know” during classroom discussion, and you find yourself wishing you could somehow wire together those two parts of the brain.
How to translate that wish into meaningful teaching strategies? Start by watching nine short video clips that provide you with a framework for awesome books discussions every time.