To encourage pupil participation
To encourage pupil participation.
Evidence and reflection
We would suggest:
- Emphasising the value of talk and making it the medium for learning rather than the precursor to the 'real' work of writing
- Rejecting whole class teacher-directed talk in favour of small group child-centred talk
- Identifying the rules of discussion and making them explicit to the pupils
- Increasing feelings of security by establishing friendship groups or 'talk partners' and using them as the basis for all initial discussions
- Providing activities which encouraged collaboration
- Allow pupils opportunities to consider what they wanted to say before calling on them to speak in front of large groups
- Working with the pupils to devise ways of assessing talk and providing opportunities for pupils to reflect on what makes for effective talk.