“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I may remember. Involve me and I learn.”
We have been doing literature circles in our 6th grade class to guide students to a more in-depth understanding of the texts assigned. Through structured discussions and creative responses, this student-centered activity provides opportunities for the students to be more engaged and think critically.
The 6th graders chose their roles from any of the following ‘jobs’: Super Summarizers, Imaginative Illustrators, Quick Question Makers, and Word Wizards. It was interesting to see how even some of the most quiet students start contributing to discussions in their groups. It was also a good way to get to know the students better. For instance, some of us didn’t know how well some students can draw until they became an imaginative illustrator!