These name cards can be used over and over to elevate classroom conversations to the next level. Just fold in half length-wise, students add their names and you're set! These cards serve a dual purpose: They are great for getting to know a room (classic name placards), but also help to provide students with a script right in front of them that reinforces AVID concepts such as inquiry, collaboration, and development of academic language.
The basic concept is that students can gauge where the dialogue is headed and then preface their statements or questions in a way that matches the tone in the room. Whether you'd like to promote a more respectful dialogue (replacing negative outbursts with more diplomatic ways to disagree) or simply want to enable a broader use of vocabulary in class discussion, all it takes is looking at the visual for clues Students choose the column (Thumbs Up, Thumbs Sideways, Thumbs Down) and then express thoughts accordingly. For more advanced students the sentence prompts can eventually be faded out or replaced with language that they generate themselves.