Coaching Classroom

by: Danyell Rector

Academic Converstaions

6 Steps to having successful academic conversations.



1) Discuss expected norms for academic talk

2) Model, Model, Model what a good academic conversation looks like

3) Help students plan focused questions in advance

4) Provide students with language stems and appropriate vocabulary

5) Use tracking sheets during class discussions to encourage active listening

6) Have students reflect on their participation in the discussion to facilitate growth of listening and speaking skills


The following are links to some helpful documents for classroom conversations:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Socratic-Seminar-Helpful-Documents-493709


https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Socratic-seminar-tools-for-beginners-Participant-Reflection-1472699


For the Primary Grades

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Miss-Nelson-is-Missing-Socratic-Seminar-introduction-for-Early-Elementary-2689523


If you would like an extra set of hands while teaching your students how to have an academic conversation I am here to help!

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