I think it is critical that we give students opportunities to discuss what they are thinking. When I was teaching in the classroom, discussion was a huge part of how I guided students to higher order thinking. Along with book club and small group discussion I also used frequent mini discussion times such as a “pair and share”.
I subscribe to the Heinemann channel on YouTube and they often post some yummy instructional morsels, and the one below is no exception.
The over dramatic (I had to preface the viewing of this video with some warning) teacher in the video presents the idea of “Thinking Partners”. I like that term. What I really liked is how she modeled to students the appropriate way to interact with your “thinking partner”. These first few weeks are crucial moments in setting up procedures for the year. How do you model “pair and shares”, “buzzing” (Fountas and Pinnell), or “thinking partners” with your students?