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SPOTLIGHT STRATEGY FOR WEEK OF May 2, 2016
As instructors we are always looking for practical knowledge and tools to create positive and lifelong learning. Time is of the essence in so many ways, I thought this would be a quick and easy way for you to browse and try some new strategies as we continue to develop our learner centered classrooms
Accountable Talk - Oral Language Strategy in Checking for Understanding
- Staying on topic
- Using information that is accurate and appropriate for the topic
- Thinking deeply about what their partner has to say.
Accountable talk is considered to be crucial because it creates shared expectations for all academic communication in the classroom. This also applies to class meeting, Socratic seminar, or group discussion.
How Do I Implement Accountable Talk?
- Press for clarification and explanation: "Could you describe what you mean?"
- Require justification of proposals and challenges: "Where did you find that information?"
- Recognize and challenge misconceptions: "I don't agree because..."
- Demand evidence for claims and arguments: "Can you give me an example"?
- Interpret and use each other's statements: "David suggested....."
These communication skills are valuable for students using inquiry and engaging in active learning. From a teacher's perspective by monitoring the use of these indicators it can inform the next segment of teacher-led instruction.