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Skip to 0 minutes and 4 seconds In the AFL lab or classroom, learners need to take an active role as this type of activity and the stimulus for talk is an important consideration in the planning stage. Eliciting what students know at the start of a topic is important, but it’s also essential to check how their understanding is developing as you go along. Sometimes you may want to use specific approaches to help with this in ways that actively engage students in the planning process. One such approach would be KWL grids, where you get students to write down what they know at the start, what they want to learn in the coming session, and what they’ve learned at the end of the session.

Skip to 0 minutes and 44 seconds The way that you use questioning is crucial, and we’ll move on to that now.

The importance of planning

In this video Dylan Wiliam comments on the importance of planning dialogue into your teaching and highlights one particular way of doing this.

Here is a sample KWL grid [DOCX] you can download and use.

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