Here’s an update on how it’s going.
It has been difficult to get the flow going due to timetabling issues with whole school testing, then swimming lessons, a tag competition... and more.
But, yesterday one student apologised for calling out the question that had popped into his head while he was reading. When I told him that in our group he was welcome to call it out, he smiled broadly!
The engagement is still more behavioural than cognitive. I have moved from class to individual points with a goal of being able to choose a ‘lucky dip’ prize when they achieve 100 points. I give points for any contribution to discussion of text and even to tangential comments if they are developed. The students are beginning to help each other by filling in the gaps and asking their own questions. Most of them are happier to come to their group time than they were at the beginning.