Grade Level Community Study - "Words Matter"
Write into the day...
Take a moment to write about talking in your classroom.
So What? Why Focus on Discourse?
5 Core Skills of Academic Conversation
- Elaborate and Clarify
- Support ideas with evidence
- Build on/challenge ideas respectfully
- Synthesis (among highest cognitive skills)
Where are we on the continuum?
Adopted from PEBC/Denver Public Schools' Thinking Strategies Institute
Take time to read the indicators on the discourse continuum. Highlight the indicators that are regular, natural, embedded parts of instruction in your classroom?