You have a great topic for discussion.
You have a great group of learners.
Or two really dominant voices.
Or lots of talking at each other.
How do you create conversation, the cornerstone of rigorous cooperative learning?
Scaffold with Conversation Starters!
Post Conversation Starters in your rug area, by your math wall, on the document camera, or give students their their own scaffolds in their math folder/ three ring binder!
Support Accountable Talk for Common Core Speaking and Listening standards!
With these scaffolds, students will learn to refer to Conversation Starters when doing Reader's Workshop/ Math Workshop turn and talk on the rug, with their elbow partners at desks, or during group projects and game times. Included: anecdotal note page and student self reflection sheet!
Slightly more specific, see my Reciprocal Math Teaching students as teachers supports at www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Discussions-Scaffold-lessons-with-students-as-teachers-2607464
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