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Say Something Substantial

  1. 1. Say Something SubstantialWhat Constitutes a Substantial Posting?Each posting should effectively drive conversation and motivate the other members ofthe group to think more deeply about the topic being discussed. To accomplish this goal,it is essential that teachers make their expectations for student responses clear beforeinitiating online conversations or activities. If students understand why they are beingasked to do something, they are more likely to do it.Explain that this classroom site is a forum for them to engage in conversations, activities,and collaboration. If they actively participate in the online forum, it will support andstrengthen their understanding of the curriculum.It is important that the students feel that the online forum is their space and, as such, itis crucial that each member of the class/group take an active role in ensuring a highquality of discussion.Review the following with your students prior to their first interactions in the onlineclassroom site.A substantial posting will do the following: •  Present a new question for discussion to broaden, refine, or redirect the conversation. •  Discuss a personal experience (i.e. memory, interaction, person, class, book, etc.) that has influenced your perception of a given topic. Provide specific details about where your ideas, beliefs, opinions, etc. come from to support your statements. •  Think outside the box or play devil’s advocate (respectfully, of course). Providing another point of view on a topic being discussed can be both interesting and enlightening, effectively sparking further discussion. •  Ask your peers for clarification on ideas that you do not clearly understand. Your peers are your best resources. •  Make connections between the discussions taking place in the classroom forum to information learned in other classes and subject areas. Connecting what you are learning to past knowledge or experiences will strengthen your retention of that information. Go to www.CollaborizeClassroom.com for more information
  2. 2. Say Something Substantial •  Share a resource that you have used that has been helpful for you. Use the attachment feature to share images, documents, and videos that will add to the conversation. •  Summarize the main ideas being discussed or presented in your own words to ensure you have a strong grasp of the central concepts. This will support your peers learning as well. •  Comment thoughtfully and respectfully on the ideas, experiences, and questions presented by your peers. The more you engage with your peers, the more meaningful the conversations will be for everyone involved.Catlin Tucker is an English teacher at Windsor High School and has worked in Sonoma County for nine years. Shecurrently teaches 9th and 10th grade English and has previously taught 11th grade Advanced Placement English. She alsoteaches online college research writing courses through Axia College.Catlin earned her B.A. in English Literature from the University of California, Los Angeles and her Single Subject EnglishCredential and Education Masters from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her Masters in Education focused oncreating and maintaining a safe space in the classroom to lower the affective filter and create a more supportive andeffective learning environment.She is currently part of the Collaborize Team, designing resources for the education market. Go to www.CollaborizeClassroom.com for more information

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