Saturday, June 18, 2016

SWAPPING NOTES | Socratic Seminar | Lotus Diagram Chart

SWAPPING NOTES | Lotus Notes Chart

Close Reading | Socratic Seminar | Close Reading Graphic Organizers | Lotus Diagram | Lotus Notes Chart

Purpose To discuss a topic or various topics and complete a Lotus Notes Chart. The protocol is used to give students different roles, rotating the role of the Boss, Scribe, Organizer, and Praiser, mixing up the groups of students up to 4 times.

Procedure 1. Form groups of 4 with a Boss, Scribe, Organizer, and Praiser that form a team.
2. Each group selects their own “Boss.” The leader’s role is to assign the other cooperative jobs.

Ø      The Scribes job is to record the main ideas, inferences, key words, and important points on their Lotus Notes Chart.
Ø      The job of the Boss is the conversation moderator.
Ø      The Organizer keeps the pacing quick and organized the materials.
Ø      The Praiser listens and praises teammates for their great ideas.  

4. The group discusses the topic at hand until time is called to review and preview. Teams can discuss one idea or theme but different themes and idea at each station is better.
3. The Scribe reads over the notes, and the Boss summarizes the conversation using the Lotus notes…a bit later. The teacher calls “CHANGE”
5. The Boss stays put; the rest of the group rotates to the next station.
6. The Boss gives a micro presentation to the new team members, discussing what was gleaned from the previous dialogue; they give a summary of the conversation recorded on the Lotus Notes. .
7. Each table selects a new Boss and the Socratic Seminar Continues.
8. Again, the team records the idea, paces the conversations, praise peers, moderates the conversation that takes place at the table and to then they summarize the conversation using the Lotus notes.
9. The teams discuss the questions presented in the Lotus note until time is called.
10.Repeat the seminar, preferably until all students have had a chance to be the Boss.
11.After the final rotation, the final group of Bosses do a micro presentation to the whole class.

When should you use Lotus Notes?

  • To promote logical and higher order thinking!
  • To increase perceptive and inferential dialogue
  • To enhance polite dialogue with structured interacts.
  • Helping students see other students thinking and analysis and brainstorming on varied topics
  • To brainstorm new ideas based on the analysis of the first round of brainstorming.
This ANALYTICAL GRAPHIC ORGANIZER  is used for organization complex ideas and brainstorming. It helps students break down complex concepts and topics of information, that may then be prioritized for additional study. Steps in creating a lotus diagram.

1. Determine topics for research and further ideas to be studied.
2. Brainstorm cognitive concepts and associated subjects into academic classifications.
3. Endless possibilities can be created using the lotus diagram, make it your own.
4. Place the main idea or theme in the center of the lotus diagram and decide the focus of concepts using your learning targets. 

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