On Circling

Q. I find circling a problem.  I get bogged down with it.  I never finish the story by the end of our fifty minute class period.  Is that a problem for other teachers?  

A. When you are done with extended PQA and you know you are going to do a story, get to the problem forthwith.  Don’t wait too long. 

Avoid story scripts that have vague problems or introduce them too late. Stories should almost begin with a problem, literally in the first line, and avoid a lot of set up time.  The instructor just refers to the story script, circling away on a problem right away.

And remember to circle select lines, those which build towards authentic acquisition.  This is learned via experience.  Mechanical circling should be avoided.


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