Listening: The Secret to Effective Student Talk
Classroom discussion has an effect size of 0.82 when used effectively. Explicitly teaching students to be effective in their communication skills is one way to improve the quality of the dialogue occurring in your classrooms. This session will highlight how focusing on listening skills will improve the interactions between students. Participants will experience the power of structured student talk protocols and how to facilitate student collaboration without taking over their learning. Instructional strategies like jigsaw (ES: 1.20) and reciprocal teaching (0.74) will be specifically addressed, including common mistakes educators make when implementing them. This session is relevant for administrators/coaches who would like to support classroom teachers in maximizing the impact of conversations among students.
Thursday, February 6: Connie Hamilton will be signing copies of her book outside room A308, beginning at 5:15pm.
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Connie Hamilton has studied indicators within various teacher evaluation tools. One area they all address is student talk or collaboration. In effort to support the teachers in her district, Connie has studied effective talk protocols and has a deep understanding of quality conversations between learners to enhance the learning process.