Using TALK in the classroom

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Transcript Using TALK in the classroom

Amy Newsham
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Get into groups of four.
There are four roles for each group.
Assign a role to each group member.
A Thunk is a simple-looking question about
everyday things that stops you in your tracks
and helps you start to look at the world in a
whole new light.
On each table, there is a THUNK activity.
In tables, discuss your ideas to your THUNK
activity. You must have reasons and examples
to support your opinion.
Each person must make sure they’re fulfilling
their role.
What’s ‘good’ about this activity?
How could you use it in the classroom?
Understand the importance of collaborative
learning and talk in the classroom
To have different strategies to use in the
classroom for talk
Understand how to manage talk for learning
in the classroom.
Pair A:
What is talk in the classroom?
What is collaborative learning?
Pair B:
What are your experiences of talk and
collaborative learning in the classroom?
Talk in the classroom:
Collaborative Learning:
For more information
You’ve got a set of hexagons in front of you.
Using your hexagons, you must think about
the advantages of using talk in the classroom.
You must link your hexagons together in a
logical manner.
Work in pairs to do this.
You must eliminate 20% of your hexagon total!
Decide which hexagons are for the chop.
REMEMBER you must discuss your ideas in
pairs. Why are you thinking this? How does this
relate to the ADVANTAGES of talk in the
You’ve got to order your hexagons into the
order of importance.
Use the Bull’s Eye to do this.
In pairs, you must discuss WHY you’re ordering
them in this way. Purpose? Impact?
Number 1 go to another pair(s) – have a
wander. When you see an interesting set of
hexagons, sit down and discuss their ideas.
Think about:
 What have they done? Why have they done
 How is it similar or different to yours?
Number 2 remain seated. Be prepared for a
Engaging for all
Students can help each other extend and
progress in their learning
Working together increases social skills
Conducive classroom environment
All students can achieve and progress
Modelling and peer learning
What did you learn from that activity?
How could you use it in your classroom?
How confident do you feel when doing talk for
learning and collaborative activities?
Rate yourself from 1 to 5.
5 = very confident
1 = not confident at all.
Why are you at your rating?
Discuss with your fellow members why you’re
Use examples to support your reasoning.
You’ve got a mini card in front of you.
On that card, write down three top worries
about talk and collaborative learning.
Don’t tell anyone!
Once you’re done, place it on the pile face
Have a look at the cards and what you’ve put.
Discuss your ideas – explore WHY you’ve said
See notes for roles!
In groups, come up with three or more
strategies to ensure group work and talk is
focussed and productive.
Write these on the post-its.
How can we ensure everyone is on task? How
can we eliminate any behaviour problems?
Two groups into one!
Share your strategies!
Groupings of students
Active learners
Structuring of the activities
Clear expectations
Behaviour Management
On the piece of paper write down:
What you’ve learnt from this session
A strategy or a resource you’re going to use
An idea you’ve had and how you’re going to
implement it.
After the session, you should be able to define
the following two things! Have a go!
Talk in the classroom:
Collaborative Learning:
Collaborative learning and talk must be
structured, pacey, defined and worthwhile to
the learning process.
Clear guidelines and expectations must be
adhered to.
Different resources and strategies.
Collaborative Learning Project:
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