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student talk about their ideas

May 3, 2013 3:06pm

Any ideas on how to increase the opportunities students have to talk about their ideas? I'm already chock full of cooperative learning strategies!

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    • May 5, 2013 11:43am

      I use the group method of having students present their material. One student in each group has to be a summarizer or discussion leader, one has to be a connector, one has to be an illustrator, one has to be a word watcher or phrase pursuer, one has to be an illuminator, one has to be a director, and they can talk about anything from the chapter they would like. And, the next time, the roles always have to be changed. I also have students make quizzes and tests, and just about do everything in the class. I can send you what I do if you drop me a note.

      • May 5, 2013 10:54pm

        Their ideas have a process, and they should be encouraged to talk about that process as it's happening.

        Building on your culture of student accountability by asking students to use stems in conversation that encourage metacognition.

        Quick examples: "I know this is true because..." or "I want to add to your thinking" or "I solved it a different way..." gives them some structure to root on discussion partners as they talk about ideas.

        Google or Pinterest (I don't know if Pinterest is a verb yet. I hope it's not) Accountable Talk if you want more stems like this.

        • May 6, 2013 11:21am

          The Paideia seminar is an awesome way to get students to talk about their ideas, and it can be aligned to the Common Core standards. It's like a Socratic seminar, but takes it to the next level and is text based. More info and lesson plans can be found at:

          Highly recommend the strategies.