As part of the Common Core Standards, my second graders are learning to participate in collaborative conversations with peers and adults in small and large groups. They are also learning to ask and answers questions about what a speaker says in order to clarify comprehension, gather additional information, or deepen understanding of a topic or issue. That’s what’s happening in this photo. In fact, here students are asking questions and clarifying their understanding with a Molecular and Cell Biologist from the University of California, Berkeley that came to visit our class. These are the types of skills and experiences my students need for future success in school, their careers, and in their lives.