Episode 054: 5 Practices for Orchestrating Task Based Discussion with Tamashi Hettiarachchi


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Meet pre-service teacher Tamashi Hettiarachchi. She shares with us her experiences & resources she finds helpful in learning how to teach NGSS. Her passion and energy is contagious. Listen and then check the show notes for links to the resources mentioned in the show.

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Show Highlights

  • 03:05 - 05:25    Meet Tamashi and learn why she decided to become a teacher
  • 05:25 - 08:35    AntU professional development resources
  • 08:35 - 10:45    What it's like to be a pre-service teacher today
  • 10:45 - 21:10    5 Practices for Orchestrating Task Based Discussions in Science
  • 21:15 - 23:00    Applying the 5 Practices to teaching Chemistry
  • 23:00 - 25:00    Tamashi's other favorite resources

 Show Quotes 

"I think it's a really valuable experience to be able to be in a classroom so early as an education student and with that I think I've learned some things that I think my fellow students could benefit from. And some students who are mentor teachers or future cooperating teachers, definitely one thing that I think is really important is to try to create a relationship of trust in setting expectations between both parties just so that there isn't any confusion or miscommunication. I think something that's really valuable is for the in service teacher to, as much as possible, try to make their thinking as visible as possible."  [08:45-09:45] Tamashi Hettiarachchi

"In the end, the goal is for the class discussion to become an evidence-based explanation for whatever phenomena you present to the class. And I think especially in this kind of productive talk is something that's new to the classroom, and it's important to remember that this type of talk is new for your students and new for you as a teacher, so the transition takes time. Setting discussion norms is definitely really useful in this kind of setting, and just framing questions in terms of students work."  [16:25-17:05] Tamashi Hettiarachchi


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