|Talking about our thinking|
Once you have their interest, you can sneak in procedures for conversations. This is where you give students talking stems. Teach them how to start conversations about their learning. Guide them in accountable talk. Most importantly, teach them how to respect their peers. If you are listening to a conversation in my class, you will probably hear "I like your thinking and I would like to add". You may hear, "I appreciate your thoughts, but I respectfully disagree". This happened in my 1st grade classes in years past and it happens in my 2nd grade class presently.
If you don't already hear these conversations in your class, here's how you can get started.
1. Plan super engaging lessons that your kids will love to talk about.
2. Discuss why conversations are important with your class. Make sure to relate it to why it is important to the student.
3. Set procedures and guidelines for conversations for the students.
4. Give the students talking stems. Start with basics that they can use for everything.
I agree with you because…
I disagree with you because…
I like your thinking and would like to add…
5. Once they have the basics down you can add on to their thinking stems. Consider giving them specific stems that go well with their learning topic.
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