In the Something to Talk About mini podcast and blog series, we hear from educators on a variety of topics all related to classroom discourse. From thinking about issues of student participation to the role of listening in conversations, this series has something for everyone. And whether you’re facilitating conversations with kindergartners or high schoolers, we think you’ll find this group of educators’ ideas thought provoking.
In case you’ve missed some of the series along the way, we’re sharing this year-end round up of all seven podcast episodes as well as our monthly blog posts.
And we’ll see you in the new year for more ideas for teachers, by teachers in our Something to Talk About series.
Hopes for Our Students as Talkers & Listeners & How to Get There
In Episode 1, Stenhouse editor and author, Kassia Wedekind asks: What are some of your greatest hopes for your students as talkers and listeners? And what kind of practical routines will you set up at the beginning of the year to help build that community? Take a listen to hear from third grade teacher, Jennifer Orr, first grade teacher, Santasha Dhoot, and authors of Intentional Talk, Elham Kazemi and Allison Hintz.
What’s the Best Piece of Advice You’ve Gotten About Classroom Conversations?
In Episode 2, Stenhouse editor and author, Kassia Wedekind asks: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve gotten about classroom conversations? You’ll hear from literacy coach Christy Thompson, high school teacher Matthew Kay, first grade teacher Santasha Dhoot and math education professors Elham Kazemi and Allison Hintz.
Getting Started with Making and Evaluating Claims in Math
In this Something to Talk About blog Amanda Jansen and Molly Brnich share how to build a classroom discourse community in the math classroom through the practice of making and evaluating claims.
Rethinking Participation in Classroom Conversations
In Episode 3, Stenhouse editor and author, Kassia Wedekind asks: How might we rethink our ideas about participation in classroom conversations? You’ll hear from literacy coach Christy Thompson, first-grade teacher Lauren Carr, high school teacher Matthew Kay, and third-grade teacher Jennifer Orr.
What's Hard About Facilitating Classroom Talk?
In Episode 4, Stenhouse editor and author, Kassia Wedekind asks: What’s hard about facilitating classroom talk? (And how are you working at getting better?) You’ll hear from third grade teacher Jennifer Orr, kindergarten teacher Dawnavyn James, and first grade teachers Lauren Carr and Santasha Dhoot.
Letting Kids and Books Lead the Conversation
In this Something to Talk About blog, JoEllen McCarthy, author of Layers of Learning, shares how talking about books can help build powerful classroom communities.
Power in Classroom Conversations and Beyond
In Episode 5, we’re thinking about issues of power in classroom conversations and beyond. You’ll hear from math education professor Elham Kazemi, first-grade teacher, Lauren Carr, high school teacher Matthew Kay, kindergarten teacher Dawnavyn James and literacy instructional coach, Caroline Sweet.
How Can We Help Students (and Ourselves!) Grow As Listeners?
In Episode 6, Stenhouse editor and author, Kassia Wedekind asks: How can we help students (and ourselves!) grow as listeners? You’ll hear from literacy coaches, Christy Thompson and Caroline Sweet, first-grade teacher, Santasha Dhoot, third-grade teacher, Jennifer Orr, and math educator professor, Allison Hintz.
Using Student Work as an Anchor for Mathematical Discourse
In this Something To Talk About blog post, math coach Jenna Laib shares how student work can spark powerful mathematical discussions and how teacher intentionality within these discussions matters.
Small But Powerful Moves for Facilitating Classroom Talk
In Episode 7, Stenhouse editor and author, Kassia Wedekind asks: What’s a small but powerful move for facilitating classroom talk? You’ll hear from first-grade teacher Lauren Carr, English teacher Matthew Kay, kindergarten teacher Dawnavyn James, and literacy coach Caroline Sweet.