We have been put into groups of three with teachers from around our school to spend time looking at various ways that our staff teach different aspects of reading to our students. I was able to spend time with my two Critical Friends observing their interactions with one of their reading groups.
The first group (year 7/8 students) was focusing on creating a "dialogic" classroom. They spent a chunk of time taking a deeper look at the emotion that was evoked within them as they focused on the cover picture from the reading journal. The students were respectful, responsive and engaged in the activity. They were able to answer questions when going around the circle to provide their responses. The teacher had the students orally repeat words and phrases back as a group often during their discussion. Prior to reading the text, students were asked to remember the questions that the emotions provoked within them.
Being in the classrooms was so fun, and a great way to spend some time reflecting on my own teaching practice. I look forward to observing (and learning from) my colleagues in the future!