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Fostering Metacognitive Conversation in Professional Learning Communities and Subject-Area Classrooms

Picture a small group of science teachers and English teachers thinking aloud as they take turns reading from A Perfect Storm, the nonfiction account of a doomed deep-sea fishing boat. As a science teacher reads, she deliberates aloud about the science of wave physics and the measures of wind and waves that riddle the paragraph, comparing the scales mentioned—Beaufort Wind Scales, knots, wave heights—with scales she knows.

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Cynthia Greenleaf
Ohio Resource Center, Adolescent Literacy in Perspective, February 2006

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After a few moments of this, an English teacher interrupts, “You stop and think about all that stuff?? It doesn’t even advance the plot! Why bother to stop and think about it?”

“If you don’t,” the science teacher smiles, “you have no idea how terrified to be right now!”

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