Kelly Gallagher's Twenty Questions is an alternative to traditional high school homework assignments that fosters greater text comprehension. The simple design—students write twenty questions as they read assigned text—belies the complexity of the discussion fostered by the student-generated questions. On this day, students use the assignment to respond to George Orwell's 1984 in small-group and whole-class discussions.
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.30(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||11 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Kelly, a "baseballoholic" and a self-described expert at negotiating airports, is in his 33rd year of teaching at the high school level.
He currently teaches at Magnolia High School in Anaheim, California.
He believes that "there is no greater pleasure than teaching someone something." Teaching is "artistic, it matters a great deal, and I can never get the job down perfectly."
Kelly thinks that professional development should treat teachers as such - professionals. "I know in the classroom that good things happen when my students have meaningful discussions. I know as a teacher myself that my craft sharpens when I am given the opportunity to have meaningful discussions with my peers. And let's have a laugh or two while we are at it."
Writing his six books for Stenhouse was a solitary experience. "Though I have written outlines prior to each of my books, I have yet to follow any of them step-by-step. That is why I find writing rewarding - because the act of writing itself generates new thinking, and new thinking is always exciting."
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If you're willing to pay $27.00 to see a ten minute demonstration of how to use the strategy, then I give this five stars. Nowhere in the description or on the packaging (at the time of this posting) does it state that the video is only 10 minutes! I thought I'd get much more for that kind of money. If you know anything at all about Kelly Gallagher, you can probably predict what the strategy entails and skip the video.