Threatened Pet Fish of the Emperors
First I read the one page story to the teachers. Next I facilited the Focused Conversation. Here is the four part structure and the questions I asked:
1. What countries were named?
2. What types of fish other than koi were mentioned?
3. What words or phrases struck you?
4. What scenes stood out for you?
Reflective (personal reactions)
1. Where were you surprised?
2. Where were you concerned?
3. When did you want more information?
Interpretive (significance and implications)
1. What was this article about?
2. What can we learn from this article?
Decisional (resolution or action)
1. If you could retitle this article, what new title would you give it?
After having modeled the Focused Conversation, I wrote the four major Focused Conversation points on the white board and briefly explained them to the teachers.
Using the Focused Conversation has become part of my daily workshop routine. It is the method I use at the end of the workshop, for the teachers to process what has been presented. It works great!