Student Discourse

Grade Level Community Study - "Words Matter"

Write into the day...

Take a moment to write about talking in your classroom.

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So What? Why Focus on Discourse?

5 Core Skills of Academic Conversation

  1. Elaborate and Clarify
  2. Support ideas with evidence
  3. Build on/challenge ideas respectfully
  4. Paraphrase
  5. Synthesis (among highest cognitive skills)

Where are we on the continuum?

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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?
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If we agree to elevate our practice in the 6th grade by increasing the quality of student academic discourse, what does the support you need look like?