Learning is SOCIAL.
Working collaboratively with others is more powerful than working individually. Regular and structured interactions provide opportunities to work through and confirm mental models.
Through these interactions, students can confirm the viability of knowledge or reorganize their own thinking.
Establish a classroom culture of trust, comfort, and respect
Explicitly teach students how to interact productively with one another in discipline-specific ways (academic language supports, etc.)
Implement structures, routines, and protocols to support more equitable interaction (beyond basic grouping)
Ensure that topics and student talk tasks are relevant and include opportunities to share their thinking
Provide daily opportunities for students to engage in structured talk
Student Talk Resources
Strategies and Routines
Level Up Student Talk With Success Criteria
What is Success Criteria?
Success Criteria should provide students with a clear answer to the question: How will I know that I have learned it? Or, How will we know that we have learned it? Success criteria provide the guidelines that indicate what success looks like for individual learning goals.
The knowledge, concepts, or skills we want students to have at the end of a period of learning.