Modeling Think Alouds is something that I am seriously not so good at doing. I actually used to do this more in my role as a special education teacher. In one of my inclusion classrooms, I would often play the role of the confused student. (I bet there were so many above average students who thought I was a total moron! Haha!) During this time, I would "think-aloud" with the classroom teacher to pose questions or thoughts that I felt many students were likely thinking but not actually voicing. I'm afraid that in the general education room, I somehow lost this. Rather than "thinking-aloud" I am just sharing what to do and when to do it.
The concept of a Wonder Wall is so simple, yet very new to me. A Wonder Wall encourages students "to share their questions before, during, and after engaging in specific mathematical tasks by recording them on a chart." (Murphy, 135) Students can either record their own questions or you can do it for them, depending on the grade level that you teach. After students generate a question, it is important that students go back to the Wonder Wall and interact with it in order to answer their own questions.
Question Journals may seriously be my favorite strategy of these five! A Question Journal is very similar to a Wonder Wall but is a but more personal.
I can also see myself really implementing Question Webs into my classroom next year when beginning a new skill or topic. With a Question Web, "the question is written within a circle in the middle of a page. Extending out from the circle are possible answers to the question. When the class or individual students arrive at a conclusive answer, it is recorded at the bottom of the page."
I also like the idea of a Question Web being used during a Math Warm Up at the beginning of a unit! By clicking on the image above, you can grab this freebie with Question Webs that are ready for a new unit or adding to your morning Math Warm Up routine!!! :)