Teacher Feature: Fostering Agency and Independence Through Discourse in the Primary Grades

July 22, 2020

Jana Durbin, PEBC Lab Host, believes that all students need to be in control of their own learning, and that her role as a primary teacher is provide opportunities for curiosity, discourse, literacy, and independence to flourish.  In this episode, Michelle and Jana discuss the how primary teachers can develop rituals and routines for discourse that elevate student understanding, language skills, and literacy development.  Jana’s first and second graders spend time each day diving into non-fiction books of their choice, recording their findings, and sharing their insights with their “think tanks.”  Jana serves as facilitator, participant, and process observer as her young learners develop conversation skills, hone their questioning techniques, and learn about the world.



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