Selecting and Sequencing Student Thinking.
After you plan a lesson and anticipate student thinking you are ready to teach the lesson and monitor/assess what students are actually thinking during the lesson. As you circulate through the study teams, listening to students and asking questions that assess student thinking, be prepared to start selecting specific students or teams to share with the whole class at different points in the lesson and especially at the end of the lesson. Ask the teams whose thinking you are selecting if they would be willing to share their thinking with the whole class in a few minutes. This way they are not put on the spot during whole class discussion. Once you have selected a few students or teams, you may want to take a break from your circulation route to plan what order/sequence you will have these students share during the closure time. Choose an order that will help you facilitate the conversation towards the connecting questions you have planned for closure. Often going from the most common way of thinking to the more novel ways is the best strategy. However, at times you may want to do the opposite. Go back to your lesson goal to support your reasoning for the ways you plan to sequence student thinking. Make your closure a time where you and your students can enjoy the connections being made between the different ways of thinking demonstrated during the lesson.