Talking and listening

Classrooms are busy places in which individual teachers typically work with relatively large groups of children. In their desire to maximise learning opportunities and, at the same time, maintain order and organise the classroom, it is not surprising that research shows that teachers do the majority of speaking in the classroom.

Since then investigations in British primary schools have shown similar results which suggest that classrooms remain predominantly teacher-dominated.

For a practical exploration of questions, and questioning, by both teachers and pupils, see:

There are many different drama conventions which can be exploited to promote creative talk and learning in the classroom. For examples of such conventions, see:

Recent writing on using talk creatively in classrooms includes: