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Posted on Nov 2, 2016 in Classroom Management, Instructional Best Practice, STEM

Distributive Summarizing

Distributed Summarizing is an exemplary practice that moves students toward acquisition of knowledge and skills. Distributed Summarizing occurs at strategically planned points in the lesson. The teacher teaches/presents/models for about 10 minutes and then the students work in collaborative pairs or groups (this pattern is repeated throughout this lesson).  (Resource: How to Get the Most from Summarizing Strategies)

Distributive Summarizing also provides opportunities for teachers to formatively assess their students understanding throughout the lesson.

Effective Strategies for Distributive Summarizing

  • Purposeful Movement
  • Peer Collaboration
  • Numbered Heads

Helpful Links

  • Tips for using distributed summarizing with higher order thinking.
  • Zenergy Chime – Responsive Classroom –  An audio and a visual signal are an important alternative to the teacher’s voice for getting children’s quick and quiet attention.Many teachers use a raised hand for the visual signal and a bell or chime for the audio signal. Whatever signal you choose, it’s important to introduce the signal on the first day of school, clearly establish expectations about how children respond to the signal, and then practice with the children as much as possible.  The Zenergy Chime, with its clear, pleasing, and powerful tone, is a favorite audio signal among teachers who attend our workshops.

Related Front of the Class Videos

  • Flexible Grouping

This video was filmed at W.B. Simpson Elementary School.