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Wednesday, March 27 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
"This is Water": Student-Led Group Discussions

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In David Foster Wallace's 2005 commencement speech at Kenyon College, he told the following tale: "There are these two young fish swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says, 'Morning, boys, how's the water?' And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes, 'What the hell is water?' If at this moment you're worried that I plan to present myself here as the wise old fish explaining what water is to you younger fish, please don't be. I am not the wise old fish."

In our classrooms, are we "the wise old fish"? Are our students the young fish, swimming aimlessly through class, oblivious to the world around them? In this session, we will discuss the power of student-led discussions---discussions where students grapple, lead, and teach each other about the "water" all around us. Using a combination of annotation, group discussion methods, and reflection, participants will learn how to create a dynamic, insightful, and memorable experience for students in a variety of subject areas.

You can view the Google Slides presentation (complete with links to our text, sentence starters, discussion ideas, rubrics, and reflection) at the below link:


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Alison Jussaume

English Teacher, Academy of the Holy Names
Alison Jussaume is an educator at the Academy of the Holy Names in Tampa, Florida. Alison teaches ninth and eleventh grade English at the college-preparatory, honors, and Advanced Placement levels. Following her undergraduate study at the University of Vermont, she taught at Our... Read More →

Wednesday March 27, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
HTE 217

Attendees (30)