The Cogenerative Dialogue

A cogenerative dialogue (or cogen) is a structured conversation between a teacher and a small group of their students (5-7) with the goal of improving the classroom community. Cogens form an essential part of my teaching and are regular features on my blog. Blogposts detailing my cogen experiences are included here.

•• Some preliminary thoughts on cogenerative dialogues
In January 2021, halfway through a year of remote learning, I reflect on my first semester holding weekly cogens.

•• Meditations on a Cogen (series)
During the 2021-22 school year, the second year which I held weekly cogens with my students, these posts summarized and helped me process our time together.

•• Cogens for Social Justice (series)
During the spring of 2022, I used three cogenerative dialogues (or cogens) to support my planning of a social justice-themed activity in Algebra 2. These posts capture this experience.

•• Cogen Lessons
My reflections on lessons that were co-planned and co-taught with cogen students.
~Bingo Midterm Review (February 2021)
A first step into the world of student co-teachers.
~Infinite Levels Board Game (March 2021)
An original board game we designed that reviewed several key topics.
~Introduction to Rational Exponents (May 2021)
The first cogen lesson designed around a specific concept.

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