student talk - Steve Barkley

Designing and Facilitating Discussions for Inquiry and Learning

The Open University UK’s website responds to the question: Why talk for learning is important? “Talk is a part of human development that helps us to think, learn and make sense of the world. People use language as a tool for developing reasoning, knowledge and understanding. Therefore, encouraging students to talk as part of their learning […]

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Teacher Talk and Student Talk

I had the opportunity to listen to the podcast, How much of your lesson should be teacher talk?, with professor Neil Mercer, the emeritus professor of Education at the University of Cambridge and director of Oracy Cambridge. On the podcast he explores the roles of both student talk and teacher talk in the classroom. As I listened […]

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Increasing Student Participation in Learning Conversations

Why student talk? Maryellen Weimer identifies five reasons getting students to talk is worth the effort: Students learn the content when they talk about it. Talking lets students learn from each other. Talking gives students, the opportunity to practice using the language of the discipline. Talking connects students with the content. Talking connects students with each […]

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