Merriwether Elementary students are continuing to practice Talk Moves. Talk Moves are discussion strategies that promote equitable participation in rigorous classroom learning environments. By facilitating talk in the classroom, teachers are able to help children learn to articulate their ideas, encourage students to become critical thinkers, and help students develop an understanding of others’ points of view. Talk Moves teach our students how to have solid, dynamic conversations where they share their ideas, listen actively to others’ ideas and respond appropriately.
Pictured below is Mrs. Noe’s and Mrs. Powell’s 5K class learning to use Talk Moves. Working in pairs, one child has a picture of a microphone (time to talk) and the other student has a puppy dog with long ears (time to listen). Once the speaker is done, the pair switch cards.