Talking with others about ideas and work is fundamental to learning. But not all talk sustains learning. For classroom talk to promote learning it must be:
– accountable to the learning community (accountable talk seriously responds to and further develops what others in the group have said)
– accountable to accurate and appropriate knowledge (using evidence that is relevant)
– accountable to rigorous thinking (are they really using their mind well)
If students are going to talk, they have to have something to say, and it’s best that it relates to the text, will initiate a conversation, keep a conversation going and help develop, test and refine thinking!