Tired of one word responses or no responses at all? Not all students walk into our classrooms ready to have academic and social conversations with teachers and other students. It is a skill that needs to be taught. Start by and practicing one conversation prompt poster. Begin practicing new posters based on student need and verbal ability. Students will begin being thoughtfully engaged in active listening, focused academic conversation, and writing thoughtful responses.
As a visual, the image for partner A looks like he is talking while partner B is not at first. Partner B’s visual is actively listening to partner A’s response before she gives her response. This is a tough skill for some intermediate students. The more they practice it, the better they will get.
Post or project for whole group use or print multiple on a page as smaller versions to cut apart and place on a ring for individual students to take with them.