Given the varied demands facing teachers on a daily basis, it is easy to assume that students ‘get’ the question immediately. However, this is rarely the case. Thus, teachers need to spend time explicitly discussing the question with their students. On the one hand, this involves showing them how to break apart the question. Furthermore, it also involves explicitly discussing the types of things that they might talk about when responding to the question itself. By explicitly discussing the content that they can use when responding to the question, my students feel less overwhelmed.
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