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Teacher and students communicate in complete sentences (when capable)

LKSD Best Practice #17

The expectation is that teachers and students will use complete sentences both in written and spoken language.

Key Points to Consider

  • If students engage during class but answer with short clipped words, ask them to respond appropriately.

  • Using sentence stems & sentence frames directs students’ thinking and supports their response. 

  • Providing students with a list of vocabulary words is important, but we also need to explain how those words fit in context.

  • By using stems and frames we’re modeling the language structure we want our students to use.

Student responses will vary based on their grade level and the question that was asked. 

Have you ever sat down to write a paper or an email but found yourself staring at the screen? We’ve all been there. Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start when it comes to writing and, for our students, it’s no different. Some students will immediately benefit from the scaffolded structure while others will write independently. Either way, we’re providing the structure and support for whoever needs it.

Click here to view a few sentence stems and frames we've collected

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