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Student Participation Strategy: "Talk Moves"

Encourage students to make connections with each other

Lynn Simpson, a 4th Grade teacher from Washington state, uses a series of "Talk Moves" to encourage participation and collaboration in her class. A few simple hand signs ("I agree with you") along with some participation verbs (repeating, revoicing, revising, adding) make the classroom a more engaged and interactive learning place.

Watch this 2 minute clip -
"How do talk moves encourage students to make connections with each other? Which "talk moves" do you use in your classroom? Which could you add? What can you learn from Ms. Simpson about encouraging students to change their minds?"