Where to start the 'Ask Your Learner' conversation
Here are some conversation starter suggestions...
English and Language Arts
"Today we continued our novel study. #AskYourLearner what they think will happen next in the plot — and what clues lead them to thinking this."
"We have been learning new vocabulary from our novel study. #AskYourLearner one new word they have learned and what it means."
"We learned about genres today. #AskYourLearner what genre is their favorite and why — and what other genres they curious about."
"Today we learned about the different verb tenses. #AskYourLearner what they are, examples of each and what each tense means."
"We are learning how to write compound sentences today. #AskYourLearner what makes a sentence compound or simple."
"Today we learn how to 'turn the question around' (TTQA) to answer questions. #AskYourLearner how this strategy works."
"Our class learned today about prime and composite numbers. #AskYourLearner what the difference between these are."
"Today we learned how to use area models to multiply big numbers. #AskYourLearner if they think area models make multiplication easier."
"In geometry we are learning about different types of angles. #AskYouLearner what these are and some real-life examples."
"#AskYourLearner for simple and practical strategies and steps for how to make solving complicated word problems easier."
"Although math involves numbers, words can be important too. #AskYourLearner about keywords that help in math."
Social Studies and History
"#AskYourLearner about how we can learn lessons from the past to be better people today — and why this is important to move forward."
"Much of history can connect to our other subjects. #AskYourLearner to find a link between our social studies unit and other subjects."
"#AskYourLearner to pick a famous person from the period we are studying and think about what it would like to be that person."
"We're getting ready to start a new unit. #AskYourLearner what they already know about it and what they hope to learn."
"Exploring a long period of history is complicated. #AskYourLearner what key milestones happened during this time period."
"Today we started a new science unit. #AskYourLearner what they think the unit will be about and what they will learn."
"In our classroom, we use essential questions to explore science. #AskYourLearner what some of these are and how they help learning."
"We ran into some challenges with our science experiment today. #AskYourLearner what we were able to learn from this mishap."
"Today we finished our latest science unit. #AskYourLearner what their favorite part of the unit was and ask for details why."
"#AskYourLearner how our science unit connects to other subject areas we are studying. Encourage them to make connections."
Social and Emotional Learning
"Today we learned about a new feeling and how we can respond to it. #AskYourLearner the name of the feeling and the different responses."
"Every day we have an opportunity to be good school citizens. #AskYourLearner how they are good citizens every day at school and home."
"#AskYourLearner one way they helped make the school day better for someone today. Get details about what they did and why."
"SEL can be used throughout the school day. #AskYourLearner how their behavior and actions can help or hinder learning."
"#AskYourLearner how the SEL skills they use in school can be used at home or in public — and how they can benefit everyone."