Teach and encourage your students to use strong habits of discourse, strengthening your classroom community. Fill in your students' names and start awarding tallies or stars when they use discussion talk moves:
- attentive listening
- re-voice or summarize
- respond to others (agree, disagree, add on)
- speak in complete sentences & justify your thinking
- ask for clarification when you don't understand
Recommendation is to introduce the trackers one at a time, a week or 2 apart. You could begin using them during a specific time of day (ex. number talk, SEL, read aloud, etc) or all day. In some grades, you could assign a student to manage the tracking. The visual simply encourages and celebrates students!