What Is It?
- Actively engaging in rich, structured dialogue to process learning and deepen understanding of topics
- Challenging students to be productive members of classroom dialogue by fueling thinking with questions, ideas, facts, and analysis
- Focusing on specific outcomes or learning targets through reflective and analytical dialogue
Facilitate by creating a safe environment, posing questions, preparing students as contributors and listeners, and redirecting the conversation as needed.
Come to discussions prepared to
listen to and responding to other’s ideas in a meaningful way.
How Can I Implement In The Classroom?
Prepare students for discussions and create a safe environment
Provide thinking prompts without a single answer and a common base of information for class discussions
Use a variety of discussion activities to build speaking and listening skills using Missouri Learning Standards
Allow adequate time for whole class, small group, and partner conversations about academic topics and vocabulary
Classrooms In Action