We will discuss the story

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Stations or posters are set up around the classroom, on the walls or on tables. We will discuss our results. There is no particular order to how students speak, but they are encouraged to respectfully share the floor with others.

Students are placed into a few groups of students each and are given a discussion question to talk about. While those of us in the audience listened to presenters and watched a few short video clips, a separate screen was up beside the main screen, projecting something called TodaysMeet. Students on the outside circle move one space to the right so they are standing in front of a new person or sitting, as they are in the video. Voxer is also invaluable for collaborating on projects and for having one-on-one discussions with students, parents, and your own colleagues. Small groups of students travel from station to station together, performing some kind of task or responding to a prompt, either of which will result in a conversation.

From above, this would look like a pinwheel. Now the teacher poses a new question, and the process is repeated.

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Depending on whether they agree or disagree with this statement, students move to one side of the room or the other. In fact, many of these protocols could be used for peer teaching as well.

The last group is the ongoing strategies. From that spot, students take turns defending their positions.

Simply have students think about their response to a question, form a pair with another person, discuss their response, then share it with the larger group. Talk moves can be incorporated into any of the other discussion formats listed here. The teacher poses a question to the whole group and pairs discuss their responses with each other.

After sufficient time has passed for the discussion to develop, one or two students from each group rotate to a different group, while the other group members remain where they are. Students prepare by reading a text or group of texts and writing some higher-order discussion questions about the text. Pairs share their ideas with the pair they just joined. From there, students continue the conversation, prompting one another to support their claims with textual evidence.

Next, groups of four join together to form groups of eight, and so on, until the whole class is joined up in one large discussion.

Often, this activity serves as a good pre-writing exercise, after which students will write some kind of analysis or position paper. Instead of two circles, students could also form two straight lines facing one another. Accountable Talk Talk moves are sentence frames we supply to our students that help them express ideas and interact with one another in respectful, academically appropriate ways.

Depending on whether they

Students begin in pairs, responding to a discussion question only with a single partner. We will discuss the story. For the next rotation, students who have not rotated before may be chosen to move, resulting in groups that are continually evolving. Discussion is meant to happen naturally and students do not need to raise their hands to speak. Students form two circles, one inside circle and one outside circle.