Component 3b: Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques
Talk Moves: Developing Communication Skills
For elementary teachers, this video shares strategies that help younger students feel comfortable speaking up in class.
Quick Tips to Help Your Students Succeed
Each of these videos is less than three minutes long and can give teachers a quick example of how to engage students in classroom discussion.
Using Divergent Questioning in an 8th Grade Math Class
A fifteen year veteran works with a coach to move away from being the sage on the stage in his classroom through the use of better questioning techniques.
"Two-Cents": Strategies for Student-Centered Discussion
This 33 minute "Uncut Classroom" video shows how a high school teacher engages her entire class in a discussion around text using pennies and a structured protocol for sharing.
How to Hold a Socratic Seminar
Get tips and ideas as you watch Esther Wu’s class hold a thoughtful and provocative conversation on the use of the “n-word” in Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn.
Socratic Seminars: Patience and Practice
At the 3:30-minute mark, Paige Price shows us how to handle one of the most frightening aspects of a seminar: dead silence!
Video Playlist: Engaging ELLs in Academic Conversation
In this video series, we delve into three classrooms where English Language Learners are engaged in academic conversations. From talk moves to participation protocols, these teachers share clear structures that encourage students to talk and learn from each other.
Inquiry Based Discussion
This video shows middle school students engaged in an inquiry-based discussion around a novel. Questions to consider as you watch:
Pinwheel Discussions: Large Group Conversations
This 34 minute "Uncut Classroom" video shows a high school teacher engaging her entire class in a discussion around a text using a pinwheel seating arrangement and speaking protocol. The teacher and students develop and use a formula to ensure quality comments.
Facilitating Academic Discourse
Refine understanding of concepts through small group and whole class discussions.