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Good classroom talk

Ensuring classroom talk that enables teachers to tap into student thinking is central to assessment for learning. In the previous step you thought about the types of effective actions teachers use to assess student learning.

It is not always easy to set up with all classes. Good classroom talk requires teachers to:

  • produce good questions that spark off ideas;

  • group students in a way that encourages them to share ideas;

  • listen in to student discussion, noting strengths and weaknesses;

  • make decisions about which student ideas to feedback to the whole class.


If a colleague asked you to advise on how they might improve classroom talk in their classroom, what would you look for when you observed their lesson?

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