This strategy is pretty straight forward. You have your students jot something down based on a topic and then use that information to talk about the topic. I have seen it used a jillion different ways, but I decided it would be a great pre-speaking activity to practice and review for an upcoming speaking assessment.
First, I prepared the powerpoint you see below including topics on a variety of school related topics. What you won't see here is that the slides transition automatically from jotting to talking every 1:11secs. Then the topic changes. All I have to is walk around and facilitate the work my students do.
Second, I give each student a stack of post it notes to "jot" on. I instructed them to jot questions related to the topic they see on the screen and to try to create as many different questions as they can in the allotted time.
After the jotting time, I instructed my students to use the questions they created to hold a conversation with their partner about the topic I gave them.
Let me say that I LOVED this today! Not only did I love the strategy and how it supported their conversations, I loved that it was one more way to keep my novice level students thinking about creating their own questions (a very intermediate skill). An additional A-Ha moment was that while the stronger students had time to take risks and create the questions they wanted to ask, the students needing more support had time to think about the questions they needed to ask, isolate their knowledge gaps and ask me for the help they needed to begin to improve the questions they were asking. For example, we have never officially done a "Question Word" lesson, so there was a lot of clarifying which question word is used when today. Not all of my students needed that, but Jot Talk gave me the opportunity to help those who needed it. As you look at the photos you will notice that they aren't perfect, but they are really great attempts at asking what they want to ask.
As they worked some of the other questions students asked ME were things like...
- How do you say, "Do you...?"
- Is this the right word order?
- Can I start my question with my own statement?
- Does changing my question word make my question different? It seems like my questions are all the same.
These are powerful learning moments for my students! They are really thinking about what they are saying and what they want to ask! SCORE FOR SRA. LENORD! SCORE 10 for the students! Ole! I even had students ask to keep their post it notes as something to study! That to me is amazing!
Below you will find the power point attachment and a gallery of samples of the students' post it notes.
Give it a try! You won't regret it!
Happy Coaching, friends!