Accountable Talk is focused, collaborative talk meant to deepen and extend students’ thinking about a topic. Students respond to and further develop what other students have said. The more they talk, the more the learn! This is a key component in Danielson evaluations.
Sentence stems give your students a guide on how to answer text dependent questions. As students answer questions on the text, stems require your student to cite evidence within the text. This is a key skill for PARCC testing.
There are many benefits for promoting student talk in your classroom: Student led discussions, increases engagement and student accountability, promotes active classroom participation, evidence based support for discussion, teaches students to give and receive feedback, requires active listening, forms bonds and trust between students, students act as a teacher (soliciting and prompting), meets speaking and listening standards.