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  1. I was wondering about how the diagram might capture a situation where students are passively listening to the teacher, or looking at the whiteboard or a video that’s too far long – but you addressed that towards the end. How would you visually represent ‘heads up’, heads together’ and ‘heads down’? Would it be two diagonal lines emerging from the same point on the Y axis?

    • Hi Adj! Thanks for your great question. Yes, this is an issue and as I say – this isn’t scientific, it’s just gives a general picture of a lesson. I agree that staring silently at a board or a screen doesn’t equal communication or a real heads-up activity. So the ‘heads together’ addition solves this problem and it works by marking stages in your lesson plan HU HD and HT. In terms of my visual representation with the diagram, I don’t think there’s an easy way to show heads together. It makes it complicated and therefore it becomes unworkable. So I’ve always just used HU and HD and have counted moments in the class where students are staring silently at a board or screen as a ‘heads down’ moment. But if you try it out and you can up with a visual way to include heads together, I’d love to see it!

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