Harker Summer Institute June 7, 2014

Color Coding and Socrates Café:
Two Strategies Towards a
Student-Centered Pedagogy
 Current State
 Bottom Line
 Concertinaed Papers
 Non strategic
 The Cincinnati Country Day School
 Tablet Program
 Teacher marked papers electronically in color
 I have my students buy colored highlighters
 They engage my observations beyond the bottom line
 Color Coding Template
 See Color Coding Template PDF
 Provide color code to Students
 Disseminated electronically (Athena2, email, etc.)
 Students color code papers
 They return papers with the tally and dominant color
 Add 5 points to that paper
 Cannot have the same color on the next paper
 Lose the 5 points on the first paper if the dominant color
remains the same
 Teacher tracks dominant colors on a spreadsheet
 See Grade Sheet Color Coding PDF
 Students
 Strategic
 No longer about individual papers; more about a campaign of
 Visual
 Students can see a pattern of similar mistakes
 Teacher
 Strategic
 Basis for student conferences one-on-one
 Measure of my effectiveness as a teacher
 Visual
 Student and class focus made clearer
 Issues
 Student Participation
 Spectrum of talkers
 My role
 Sage on the stage vs the guide on the side
 Outcomes
 Qualitatative
 Don’t simply agree or disagree . . . Say why
 Quantitative
 Tracking the even distribution of responses (volumetric)
 Student managed
 They are in charge of the process
 Teacher prompt
 Given the previous day.
 Think it through/Write a journal
 See Sample Prompt PDF
 Parameters
 Listen respectfully
 Respond respectfully
 Contemplative silence
 Type names of speakers
 Project a word cloud
 Students manage results
 See Word Cloud PDF
 Back Channeling???
 Twitter
 TodaysMeet.com
 Any Questions?
 Please feel free to drop me an email with other ideas or
variations on the themes.
 [email protected]

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