What does it mean to elicit and build on student responses? To elicit and to build on student responses means that the educator has to engage in learning conversations with their students and expect a thoughtful response. To encourage the students to participate in class, an educator has to be intentional in the design of activities and tasks to ensure that the activity/task will help students to be thoughtful about the content and that will encourage them to share their thinking about that content. Anticipate how students will respond to tasks/activities, and plan for how to incorporate those responses into the lesson to meet the learning goals. Ask good questions (and at that right time) to generate the types of thinking and discussion that are central to the learning goals. Listen carefully to student thinking and make a note of which ideas to bring to the forefront of whole class discussions and the order to discuss those ideas relative to the learning goals. What role does the teacher play in getting students to interact to extend and clarify literacy strategies? A teacher should play the role of a facilitator in getting the students to extend and clarify literacy strategies among each other. A teacher should encourage the students to create a well thought up response to answer their peers and have enough supporting evidence for their explanation; this helps the students to use their critical thinking and observational skill to analyze the situation before they respond. In what areas listed on the rubric do you need to make improvements? The area on the rubric that I need to make improvements on would be to encourage my students to express their opinions and thoughts openly, and if they are unsure of their answer, they need to research it. How do you plan to make improvements before you are assessed? I plan to improve and increase my teacher-student communication by practicing during my clinical observation.